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Three Ohio police officers charged after their response to BLM protests

June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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COLUMBUS, OHIO, UNITED STATES - 2021/04/24: Columbus Police cruisers round the Ohio Statehouse interact with Black Lives Matter activists during the demonstration. Black Lives Matter activists gathered in front of the Ohio Statehouse to protest against the police killing of a 16 year old Ma???Khia Bryant this past Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. The protest was named ???Show your CROCS for Ma???Khia Bryant!??? because Bryant was shot and killed while wearing Croc shoes. (Photo by Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A special prosecutor and independent investigator filed charges against three Columbus, Ohio, police officers Wednesday as part of an investigation into alleged misconduct during the George Floyd protests last summer, according to the city's Department of Public Safety.

(CNN)A special prosecutor and independent investigator filed charges against three Columbus, Ohio, police officers Wednesday as part of an investigation into alleged misconduct during the George Floyd protests last summer, according to the city's Department of Public Safety.

"We are continuing the investigations into possible misconduct by other officers," special prosecutor Kathleen Garber said in a news release.

Officer Traci Shaw was charged with three counts each of assault, dereliction of duty and interfering with civil rights, after video taken at the event allegedly showed Shaw exiting her police cruiser and pepper-spraying individuals.

Officer Phillip Walls was charged with two counts each of assault, dereliction of duty and interfering with civil rights, after video allegedly showed him pepper-spraying "peaceful protestors who are standing on the sidewalk," according to a complaint.

Sgt. Holly Kanode was charged with one count of falsification and one count of dereliction of duty, after she allegedly told an officer filling out an arrest report that the individual had "grabbed hold of another Officer and jerked him to the ground with his gear," despite body camera evidence to the contrary, according to a complaint.

The police union said the officers acted appropriately.

"Investigations remain open with respect to unidentified officers, as well as in those events that involve witness officers who have not yet been interviewed, pending an arbitration decision," the department said, noting the Columbus City Attorney's Office has "prosecuted nearly 100 civilians for violent, aggressive behavior during the protests. "

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