The Latest: Council President Confident About Police Probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The president of the Columbus, Ohio, city council says he’s confident the city’s police will conduct a thorough investigation of their recent fatal shootings of two black people.

The families of 13-year-old Tyre King and 23-year-old Henry Green have renewed their requests for independent investigations into the police actions. The black community has protested.

Democratic Council President Zach Klein says he understands the concerns raised by the community. He says in a statement emailed Tuesday if the U.S. Department of Justice “wishes to get involved in these investigations” the council would welcome its participation.

Police say Tyre was shot after he ran from an officer and pulled a BB gun that looked like a real firearm. They say Green was shot after he fired on two plainclothes officers.

A lawyer for their families says witnesses have contradicted police accounts.