Group: Evaluate Policing More Than Arrests

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A group that criticized city policing after two fatal shootings by Columbus officers says metrics for an annual anti-crime program should include a focus on the wellbeing of families and not just arrests.

Tammy Fournier-Alsaada from the People’s Justice Project says she’s encouraged by one recommendation from a report released Wednesday about the summer initiative. That recommendation suggests a policy in which plainclothes officers work in direct proximity to uniformed officers.

Calls for changes to the summer police program grew after the death of 23-year-old Henry Green. Police say Green was shot June 6 after he ignored the commands of two plainclothes officers to drop his gun and fired on them. His death came during the summer initiative.

The Columbus City Council’s president says he’s committed to reevaluating the program.