COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Protestors with the People’s Justice Project believe in Columbus city leadership, but they say they have yet to see the results of the faith they’ve invested in elected officials.
“I believe my city has the power and ability to lead, but I’m going to need someone in this office to be a leader,” says Tammy Fournier-Alsaada of People’s Justice Project. “We can fix this problem.”
Fournier-Alsaada marched with about 100 others on Monday evening, walking in to Columbus City Hall before security denied access past the entrance.
A representative for Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther came down to listen to a letter protestors wrote to Mayor Ginther, but did not comment afterward.
The Mayor’s office released the following statement:
Mayor Ginther has been clear that Officer Rosen’s actions, as depicted in the video, were disturbing and inconsistent with the values we share as a community. An internal investigation found his use of force did not follow division policy and training, and now Officer Rosen faces discipline prescribed by the collective bargaining contract. The mayor has every expectation Officer Rosen will be held accountable for his actions.
Any loss of life, no matter the reason, is tragic. Columbus police officers are trained to deescalate dangerous situations, but are sometimes confronted with circumstances where lethal force, while troubling, is necessary. As a community, we all have a responsibility to reduce violence, stop senseless deaths and to work together to keep our neighborhoods safe.