Deputy chief to be interim leader of police in Ohio capital
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Ohio's capital city searches for a replacement for its retiring police chief, a deputy chief will fill the role on an interim basis.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther says the interim leader will be Deputy Chief Tom Quinlan, who joined the division in 1989.
Retiring Chief Kim Jacobs was the division's first female chief. She is leaving in early February after nearly seven years in that role.
Ohio capital to conduct national search for new police chief
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of Ohio's capital city says a national search will be conducted for the next chief of police.
The announcement by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther marks a departure from past practice, when new chiefs were chosen from the ranks of existing officers.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Police Chief Kim Jacobs will retire next month after nearly seven years on the job. Jacobs was the division's first female chief.
Police: Some vice operations resume in state’s capital city
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's capital city say some vice operations are resuming as an FBI task force continues its investigation of the unit.
The FBI is investigating the Columbus vice squad following the fatal shooting of a woman by a vice officer in August and what critics call the politically motivated arrest of porn actress Stormy Daniels in July.
FBI searches home of Columbus police vice detective
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The FBI has searched the home of a Columbus vice detective under investigation for what officials say was a complaint made against him a week before he killed a prostitute inside his unmarked car.
Grandmother sues over police shooting of black 13-year-old
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witnesses say that the white police officer who killed a black 13-year-old used a racial slur after firing and that a toy gun the eighth-grader had wasn't visible when the confrontation occurred, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Friday on the second anniversary of the shooting.
Columbus police creating digital forensic unit
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's capital city of Columbus are creating a new digital forensics unit for officers to analyze and download information from cellphones taken during investigations.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the new unit is expected to be fully staffed by year's end.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After 10 years in hotel management, Khaled Bahgat grew accustomed to defusing tense situations involving out-of-control banquet hall parties. Often, he had the situation in hand by the time police showed up.
One day, an officer asked, "Have you ever thought about being a police officer yourself?"
Ohio’s capital city facing near record-high homicide rate
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Earlier this month, with homicides at a near-record high in Ohio's capital and biggest city, the Columbus police chief declared a "call for action, and a call for peace" in hopes of reducing the killing.
"This holiday season is one of those where we hope for peace, but we can bring about peace, I believe, by engaging everyone and trying to solve these problems," Chief Kim Jacobs said on the afternoon of Dec. 11.
Protesters of violent arrest disrupt city council meeting
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Protesters upset over a violent police arrest delayed a Columbus city council meeting for nearly two hours as they demanded answers.
At issue is the Sept. 1 arrest of Timothy Davis inside a Columbus convenience store. Cellphone video of the arrest shows officers repeatedly punching and kicking Davis, who was wanted on a warrant from a year earlier alleging he assaulted an officer.
Shooter reported at Ohio school; 1 arrested, no one injured
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities responding to a report of a shooter at an Ohio high school say they arrested a student and took a gun, and no one was hurt.
Police say Adan Abdullahi (ah-DAHN' ab-duh'-LA'-hee) was charged with improperly discharging a firearm in a school safety zone following Friday's incident.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three people protesting against President Donald Trump's travel ban in downtown Columbus earlier this year said city police officers intentionally hit them in face with pepper spray, allegations that can be proven with comments recorded by the officers' body cameras, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday alleged.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A police officer who subdued a restrained suspect in a way that appeared to show him kicking the suspect in the head has been fired.
The city's public safety director announced the decision Monday in the case of officer Zachary Rosen. The ruling by Ned Pettus Jr. overrode a recommendation by Columbus police Chief Kim Jacobs that Rosen be suspended for 24 hours, amounting to three shifts.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus police officer who subdued a restrained suspect in a way that appeared to show him kicking the suspect in the head should serve a 24-hour suspension, according to a recommendation by the city police chief.
The proposed discipline by Columbus police chief Kim Jacobs against officer Zachary Rosen was made public Wednesday. The 24-hour suspension would amount to three shifts.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus police chief said Tuesday she's fast-tracking an investigation into the case of an officer captured on video apparently kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head.
The officer's sergeant has been told to work only on this situation, with a report expected within two weeks, Chief Kim Jacobs said Tuesday. The investigation will include a review of the citizen-generated video, along with cruiser dash-cam video and statements from witnesses and other officers.