Clergy Members Allege Discrimination in Police Division

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Clergy members in Ohio’s capital city alleging discrimination in its police department are seeking changes.

The Columbus Dispatch reports more than 30 clergy members sent a letter recently to Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther asking for several changes. Their proposals include taking complaints and investigations into discrimination and racism away from the police Internal Affairs Bureau and improving working conditions for minority officers. They asked Ginther for a meeting within the next 30 days to discuss the recommendations.

The mayor said in a statement issued after the group’s requests that officials look forward to “continued conversations with these faith leaders to address their expectations.” He also said a safety advisory commission is reviewing police training, policies and procedures and an independent consultant will assist the commission with recommendations to him.