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Protesters Take Over Columbus City Council Meeting

A protester disrupts Columbus City Council's meeting on Monday calling for an independent investigation of the fatal police shooting of Tyre King.
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A protester disrupts Columbus City Council's meeting on Monday calling for an independent investigation of the fatal police shooting of Tyre King.

In Columbus City Hall, dozens of protesters stormed the stage and took over a city council meeting on Monday. It was the latest protest over the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy.

Police calmly watched but did not make any arrests as protesters filed on stage and chanted “take a knee for Tyre.” Police say Tyre King was an armed robbery suspect who was shot after pulling a BB gun from his waistband. Protesters like Tammy Alsaada want an independent investigation into the shooting.

“We had to shut this meeting down because we’ve been begging, we’ve been coming patiently, we’ve been working with, we’ve been listening to…and we’re tired.”

Police have defended the shooting, and say all fatal police involved shootings in the city go to a grand jury for consideration.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.