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Columbus city leaders say mob attack shows difference in police response

Mayor Andrew Ginther said there was a difference between the way Trump supporters were treated and the way Black Lives Matter protesters were treated.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – City leaders gathered for a radio forum Thursday afternoon to discuss what they say appears to be a difference in police response to Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol and the protests in Washington DC this summer.

“Yesterday’s events raised particular concerns, in our view, for members of the African American community. We know that once again we and our community are disproportionately and negatively affected by national events, ”said Stephanie Hightower, President and CEO of the Columbus Urban League.

Hightower, along with Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, City Council Member Shannon Hardin and Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce, all opened the conversation to those in central Ohio.

“The way these people were treated and treated compared to the way the [Black Lives Matter] protesters in this community and across the country were treated, very clear differences, ”said Mayor Ginther.

Both Commissioner Boyce and Hightower spoke of how hundreds of police were prepared when BLM protesters took to the streets of Washington DC, but were unprepared when President Trump supporters began to storm the Capitol building.

Hightower said the issue is bigger than race, but touches on the need for discussions about race and inclusiveness.

“[They chant] “Take our country back,” as if the rest of us weren’t part of our country, ”Hightower said.

Ginther and Hardin have both said they are working hard to ensure that such situations are handled differently in our communities in Ohio.

They are currently working on the formation of the Civil Review Board.

“We are now at the Fraternal Order of Police table and we are going to negotiate because we know that the lives of our neighbors depend on it,” said Ginther.

Applications for the Civil Review Board are accepted until January 15.