September 2022

Columbus Urban League holds forum with city leaders following latest shooting by police

Courtesy of Fox 28
Myles Harris
September 3, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — As members of the community are demanding answers following the fatal shooting death of Donovan Lewis by a Columbus officer, some city leaders like Mayor Andrew Ginther called for patience and time from the community.

City leaders like Columbus Police chief Elaine Bryant, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, and Mayor Ginther were part of a radio forum Saturday morning where residents got a chance to call in and speak with leaders following the recent string of shootings by police.

“It’s important for us as leaders to see and hear the community and to commit to continuing the work on change and reform,” Mayor Ginther said.

Ginther added that it’s important to have discussions within the community in order for both law enforcement and the community to work together.

“It’s critically important that we recommit ourselves to trust, accountability, and oversight. So that the community can continue to work with law enforcement to make our city safer,” He said.

Chief Bryant also took part in the forum and says her thoughts and prayers are with the Lewis family following the loss.

Bryant said she has a 20-year-old as well and feels for the family.

She said it’s law enforcement’s job to be transparent with the community. However, that can be a challenge with the latest shooting.

“We don’t want the community to feel like we’re not addressing their questions or concerns. We just ask for that patience and understanding and allow that process to take place,” Bryant said.

Leading the forum was Columbus Urban League President Stephanie Hightower, who shared the importance of the community town hall.

“We want folks to talk about how angry they are and how tired they are and how scared they are. But then how do we rebuild trust? How do we begin to heal within our community?” Hightower asked.

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