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15 Sep, 17 tweets, 3 min read
Based on @MayorGinther’s comments it’s looking like BakerHostetler’s investigation into citizen complaints after Columbus protests were largely “not sustained.”
Basically, they could neither prove nor disprove the allegations of excessive use of force.
The mayor notes there were problems in identifying officers, getting participation from officers in the investigation, and incomplete documentation in after action reports.
A Baker rep is currently walking through the problem that riot gear makes it nearly impossible to identify officers.

City council members complained early on about the lack of identifying information.
Baker rep notes SWAT officers weren’t wearing body cameras, but they were also significantly engaged in use of force.

That means, she says, when it mattered most there were more obstacles to investigation.
She notes, especially after the first weekend of protests, many officers neglected to file use of force reports.
Being exceedingly politic, she notes some officers seemed to recall matters quite well throughout their investigation only have trouble recollecting specific instances.
There’s another real significant problem in incentives here...

She notes that officers who did their work properly (filed reports, wore cameras) were identified and interviewed.
Those who failed to do those things were not able to be identified.
Also, Baker rep is pointing out that @capcityfop obstructed investigation by refusing to extend 90 day timeline for investigating citizen complaints.

Contract sets arbitrary deadline but says the union is not to withhold an extension without reason. They’ve blocked all.
ALSO:

Good lord... officer has the right to listen to ALL interviews that have occurred in an investigation against them, BEFORE sitting for any interview with investigators.
They have sustained complaints against just one officer. 4 were exonerated, 25 were not able to be sustained.
Now up @ChiefQuinlan arguing “some chose riots” in Columbus, says 200 officers were injured, and although people have a right to question policy and training of officers, he commends them for showing up during a pandemic.
.@ChiefQuinlan says all officers using tactical gear will be wearing cameras going forward.
.@ChiefQuinlan says now officers will have identifying information on their uniforms when handling crowds.
.@MayorGinther says the most egregious cases where officers might be charged (not just face discipline) are ongoing. If officers aren’t charged the incidents will be handed to BakerHostetler investigators.
To the point of officers failing to file use of force reports, @ChiefQuinlan says officers were under an excessive burden in terms of demands on time. Many may not have recalled all instances.
Putting a much finer point on things:

w/r/t “not sustained” cases... many showed conduct that would be a violation, but investigators simply could not identify the officer involved.

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Right now, Columbus leaders including @MayorGinther, @CityAttyKlein, @SG_Hardin & @ChiefQuinlan are giving updates on police reform. First up, Quinlan is elaborating on a policy advisory panel.

He and Ginther began talking about this a week or two ago.
Quinlan says the first meeting will be in July, Ginther says he and city council have selected 14 members for the council.
Mayor Ginther says he's directed the division to stop using tear gas and pepper spray to break up non-violent crowds
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