[Columbus, OH] Today, City Council announced a series of town hall discussions to gain further insight into reimagining safety in the capital City. Each forum features subject-matter experts leading the conversation and opportunities for public dialogue.
“These town halls are designed to hear from national subject-matter experts as well as local residents who are experts on our City and what will keep them safe,” said Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “In 2020, we saw the deadliest year on record when it comes to homicides in Columbus. We saw two unarmed residents gunned down by law enforcement in December. Council is committed to pushing forward an operating budget that reimagines safety.”
In 2020, Council began the initial phase of reform with the passage of a comprehensive legislative safety package, which included independent investigations into lethal force, demilitarization of police, limiting no-knock raids and instituting background checks for hate-group affiliation. This series continues the ongoing deliberations of the City’s Operating Budget.
Each session focuses on one of the three pillars, which are the backbone of Council’s efforts moving forward to reimagining safety. They are investing in accountability and a better Division of Police, establishing alternative crisis response models and investing in violence prevention.
“Achieving real change that protects the safety of every person in our city will take fierce dedication and the willpower of all of us working together,” said President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown. “These town halls will help direct our efforts as we continue working to reimagine public safety through the operating budget and other city programs. We have heard the calls from across our city that the status quo is unacceptable, and it is our duty as elected officials to respond.”
Any resident seeking to provide written or live testimony via WebEx during the virtual hearing must submit their intention using the following LINK HERE. Requests must be entered by noon on the day of the event. Ten speakers will be heard per town hall, with remarks limited to three minutes or less. There will be audience engagement activities during the town hall events.
- Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 5:30pm
Establishing Alternative Public Safety Crisis Response, led by Council President Shannon G. Hardin
- Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:30pm
Investing in Violence Prevention, led by Councilmember Mitchell J. Brown
- Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:30pm
Investing in Accountability and a Better Division of Police, led by Councilmember Rob Dorans
- Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5:30pm
Establishing Alternative Public Safety Crisis Response, led by Councilmember Shayla Favor
- Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4pm
Investing in Violence Prevention, led by President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown
- Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 5:30pm
Investing in Accountability and a Better Division of Police, hosted by Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy