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Columbus Police Officers Found Not Guilty In Henry Green Civil Trial

Protests erupted in June 2016 after the fatal police shooting of Henry Green.
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Protests erupted in June 2016 after the fatal police shooting of Henry Green.

A federal jury found two Columbus police officers not guilty Tuesday on civil charges related to the 2016 shooting death of Henry Green.

Green, 23, was shot and killed by Columbus police officers Zachary Rosen and Jason Bare during a June 2016 encounter in South Linden. The officers were in plain clothes at the time of the shooting.

The jury, found Rosen and Bare not guilty on all seven counts, including assault and battery and excessive force, court records state.

Green’s mother, Adrienne Hood, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2017 alleging the officers who are white, used excessive force and failed to identify themselves to her son as law enforcement. According to court documents, the officers said Green shot at them, and they told him to drop the weapon before they returned fire and killed him.

A federal judge dismissed the suit in 2017. Then in 2020, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the ruling. A mistrial was declared in the case in 2021. The case was retried again this year.

The Columbus Police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations determined that both officers acted within policy.

Williams was a reporter for WOSU. Natasha is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and has more than 20 years of television news and radio experience.