COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9 says it has no confidence in Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, City Council President Zach Klein, and Public Safety Director Ned Pettus.
FOP President Jason Pappas tells NBC4 the unanimous vote came Thursday evening during a closed meeting of Columbus’ police union.
Pappas said part of the decision was the city’s lack of support for officer Zachary Rosen, who was seen on camera kicking a suspect to the ground. The city fired Rosen in July.
All three politicians issued a statement Friday afternoon.
Mayor Andrew Ginther:
Public safety is and has always been my number one priority, and it is the single largest investment the city makes every year. I remain committed to strengthening the best division of police in the country, to hiring new officers, and continuing to develop strategies to improve community-police relations.
We will continue to invest in the tools, technology and training needed to keep every resident in every neighborhood safe.
Columbus City Council President Zach Klein:
Community and officer safety is always a priority. That’s why as the former Public Safety Committee Chair and now as President of Council, whenever the FOP or the Division of Police made requests that improved community and officer safety, I have always supported them, without exception. Therefore, it appears this action is really about Officer Rosen.
As a community leader, I have unwavering support for our police officers who put their lives on the line every day to make us safe. However, I also have high expectations that they perform their duties responsibly. No vote or action by any organization will ever change that.
Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Puttus:
Public Safety’s goal is to make sure every resident in every neighborhood and every first responder feels safe. We will strive to continue to build legitimacy and trust between our communities and law enforcement. We are focused on getting violent crimes and illegal guns off the streets.
The police union plans to host a news conference today at 4pm. NBC4 will carry it for you live online.