Faith Leaders Unveiled Billboard to Demand Mayor Ginther to Hire a Fair, Ethical, Community-Focused Police Chief 

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November 22, 2019

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Faith Leaders Unveiled Billboard to Demand Mayor Ginther to Hire a Fair, Ethical, Community-Focused Police Chief 

 

Columbus, OH --  On Friday, November 22nd, faith leaders and community members called for accountability in the Columbus police department. Mayor Ginther has committed to increasing Crisis Intervention Team and implicit bias training, a Community Safety Advisory Commission and a new Assistant Safety Director for Equal Employment Opportunity. On the heels of the Columbus Police Chief Finalist Public Forum, faith leaders will call on Mayor Ginther to hire a police chief who will be fair, ethical and community focused.

 

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Melissa McFadden, private citizen:

“I stand here to ensure that my voice is heard and the group of African American officers and female officers that confide in me about the way they are treated, that their voices are heard. We want a chief that represents fairness, equality, and opportunities for all. A chief that genuinely understands and believes in the importance of diversity and inclusion. We believe that Mr. Perry Tarrant has the credentials and the vision to change the culture and take the Columbus Division of Police in the right direction.”

 

Sister Barb Kane, Dominican Sisters of Peace:

“I commend the Mayor for taking our concerns seriously and for the work that has been done to implement our recommendations. I have watched Interim Chief Quinlan work hard to implement change. However, the Interim Chief has been a part of the police force for thirty years and a part of the culture that brought us here today. I strongly believe that it will only be a person from the outside who has fresh eyes and is not beholden to anyone who can truly change the culture. I strongly urge Mayor Ginther to hire Mr. Perry Tarrant as the next chief.”

 

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