Your Daily Update On Black Lives Matter Protests In Columbus

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6/12/2020

Protests
March for Ohio Families Killed By Police
People of Columbus (POC) March for Justice!

Locations
City Hall, Statehouse, Trinity Baptist Church in King-Lincoln Bronzeville, Franklin County Government Center

Police size
No police at any of these sites. Around 30-40 police cruisers were parked outside the central police station on Marconi Boulevard.

Police tactics
None

Protestor tactics
The March for Ohio Families Killed by Police began at City Hall before protesters marched their way down Front Street and back to High Street before finally arriving at the Statehouse. Around 400 people took to Front Street at 4:30 p.m. with those in the front row carrying a banner printed with the names of Black Ohioans who have been killed by police.

Adrienne Hood, mother of Henry Green, a 23-year-old man who was shot and killed by plainclothes police officers in Linden on June 6, 2016, marches outside the Ohio Statehouse while protesters carry a banner printed with the names of Black Ohioans who were shot and killed by police. Photo Credit: Marisa Twigg

Family after family spoke out, starting with Adrienne Hood, the mother of Henry Green, a 23-year-old man who was shot and killed by plainclothes police officers in Linden on June 6, 2016.

Protesters at the People of Columbus March for Justice began their march at the Trinity Baptist Church on St. Clair Avenue in the King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood of Columbus. At least a hundred people or more marched from church all the way to Ohio Statehouse before meeting up with an off-the-books group of protesters at the intersection of Mound and High Street.

Protesters carrying painted shields block both intersections outside the Franklin County Government Center on the corner of Mound and High Street. Photo Credit: Marisa Twigg
White protesters with plywood shields held four lines around Black protesters who danced, sang and shared poetry in the center to celebrate Black life.

The two protest groups joined forces at the Franklin County Government Center around 8 pm on Friday evening before marching north on High Street toward the Broad and High intersection near the Ohio Statehouse.

Similar to past actions, this group once again brought out shields used by white people to protect Black people in the center, who were encouraged by organizers to “take up space that has been taken from Black folks for far too long.”

As TV crews and other news stations showed up, protesters took notice. To keep the cameras off of Black and Brown folks in the center, white protesters held up the reflective sides of their shields in an effort to create some sense of public privacy at the intersection of Broad and High Street. Photo Credit: Marisa Twigg

Coming tomorrow

6/11/2020

Protests
DeEscalateOhioNow! HeartBeat Movement

Locations
Statehouse, City Hall

Police Size
Only a small state trooper presence on the Statehouse steps.

Police Tactics
None.

Protester Tactics
Today, protests outside the Statehouse were smaller than most days, and much smaller than previous Thursdays. The HeartBeat Movement, an advocacy organization focused on protecting Black lives through improved community-police relations, was one of the only groups to host a formal protest outside the Statehouse.

The event “De-Escalate Ohio” included singing, chanting and the remembrance of Kareem Ali Nadir Jones, a Black man from Franklinton who was shot and killed by police in July 2017. After an internal investigation, Officers Samuel James and Marc Johnson were found to be acting within CPD’s Use of Force Policy.

After Marcella Bailey, Jones’ mother and organizer of the HeartBeat Movement, shared her story to the crowd of around 40 people, the group marched to City Hall demanding that CPD end broken window policing, mandate mental health crisis intervention training and more. The event last from 6 to 8 p.m.

Coming tomorrow


6/9/2020

7 – 9:30 PM EST

Protesters were chanting and holding signs on the High Street sidewalk in front of the Statehouse. Around 7:45 p.m., protesters began marching around the Statehouse to the Franklin County Government Center for a short speech before dispersing around 8:30 p.m.

Police size

There were two police cars parked outside of Franklin County Government Center, but only one state trooper out front of the Statehouse for most of the evening.

A small gathering of protesters and about 10 cars parked on High Street remained at the Statehouse after 9:30 p.m. on June 9. Photo Credit: Marisa Twigg

Look out for this today…

Candidate for Ohio House of Representatives Dontavius Jarrells is hosting an online event to discuss racial justice at 6 PM on Facebook live. And, city council president Shannon Hardin is hosting an online hearing about the Community Safety Advisory Commission’s recommendations for police reform with Senator Mitch Brown. The hearing will stream on Columbus City Council’s page or you can listen in by dialing 1-650-479-3207 Access Code: 160 505 5506.

ALSO WORTH MENTIONING:

Black Freedom was not in attendance at the beginning of this protest. The protest seemed to have no organized leader. One of the organizers of the emerging Black Lives Matter group called Black Freedom, Ramone Obey, said the group had been out twice that day to try to get people’s opinions on what reform should be, adding that Tuesday was all-around a small crowd. Black Freedom showed up to the Statehouse after 8:30 p.m. on June 9.

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