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Three Columbus Officers Plead Not Guilty In 2020 Protest Responses

State troopers and police officers blocking the intersection of High and State streets. Police vehicles took over the center turning lane for nearly two blocks of High Street between Broad and Town Streets on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
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State troopers and police officers blocking the intersection of High and State streets. Police vehicles took over the center turning lane for nearly two blocks of High Street between Broad and Town Streets on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Three Columbus police officers have entered not guilty pleas to allegations of misconduct in their handling of demonstrators during protests last summer following the killing of George Floyd.

The three police officers who plead not guilty are Traci Shaw, Holly Kanode and Phillip Walls.

A special prosecutor and independent investigator announced the charges last month in an ongoing investigation into the city police department's handling of the protests.

Shaw was charged with three counts of assault, three counts of interfering with civil rights and three counts of dereliction of duty. The first two charges are level one misdemeanors, the third charge is a level two misdemeanor.

Kanode faces one count of falsification and one count of dereliction of duty. Falsification is a level one misdemeanor, dereliction of duty is a level two.

Walls was charged with two counts of assault, two counts of dereliction of duty and two counts of interfering with civil rights.

The misdemeanor charges followed a federal judge's ruling in April that the division mishandled the protests and used force against protesters without provocation.