Dozens Urge Mayor Ginther to Read Letters of Columbus Police Officers that Highlight Racial, Sexual Discrimination

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October 1, 2019

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Dozens Urge Mayor Ginther to Read Letters of Columbus Police Officers that Highlight Racial, Sexual Discrimination

 

Columbus, OH --  On Tuesday, October 1st, faith leaders released 14 letters written by former and current Columbus police officers. They urged Mayor Ginther to personally read the letters and called on him to hire a Police Chief to end racial and sexual discrimination in the Columbus Division of Police. The discrimination these letters reveal is within the department, and it is reflected in the violence members of the Columbus community experience at the hands of police in their own neighborhoods. 

 

The letters have been published in the Columbus Free Press. To view the letters as a PDF, click here. To view photos from Blyth Barnow, Faith in Public Life, click here. To view the livestream of the event, click here.

 

Sr. Barbara Kane, Dominican Sisters of Peace:

“In the Christian scriptures, St. Paul tells the Corinthians that we are all parts of one body and that these parts should have concern for one another. He tells them that if one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it. This applies to us today. As we heard, there is suffering going on in the Columbus Police Department. Our brothers and sisters of color are treated with disrespect and retaliation. This is a grave wound for the body of Columbus.”


 

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