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Columbus limits how police use force on protesters

Police in riot gear in front of a protest at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles
/
Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus police will be limited in how they can use force against peaceful protesters and will have to display officers’ names on their riot gear under changes being made to city law.

Columbus City Council approved the changes Monday. It comes two years after police faced criticism for responding to demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality by using physical violence, tear gas and pepper spray against protestors without provocation.

Those confrontations already prompted a $5.75 million settlement and more limits on police tactics to disperse peaceful demonstrators. Now council members are making those restrictions part of city law.