Demonstrators Demand Independent Investigation Of Police-Involved Shooting
On Wednesday, about 100 demonstrators gathered outside the Franklin County Courthouse to demand justice for Henry Green, who was fatally shot by two plain-clothed police officers last week.
Protesters marched together in the rain and chanted familiar slogans like "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice, No Peace." They demanded that Prosecutor Ron O’Brien appoint a special prosecutor to oversee this investigation.
They want the two officers involved, Jason Bare and Zachary Rosen, to be charged with reckless homicide.
Anthony Gwen attended as a part of the People’s Justice Project. He says the group has seen what can happen in these cases.
“You see if you look at Baltimore and Ferguson, you look all around the country, it’s the same old song where even if charges are brought, nobody’s ever convicted. It’s a huge difference between charged and convicted,” Gwen said.
According to an eyewitness, the officers who shot Green were in plain clothes and did not identify themselves or give him the chance to respond.
Police say officers opened fire when Green didn't comply with orders to drop a handgun he was holding while talking to another man on a street corner.
It's legal to openly carry a gun in Ohio.
In a written statement, O'Brien wrote that he expects the investigation by Columbus Police to be thorough and complete, saying "A comprehensive investigation of the facts must be completed and then reviewed under the existing policy that all police shootings are automatically presented to the grand jury."