Columbus limits how police use force on protesters
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.