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Columbus City Council extends contract for prosecutor overseeing alleged police abuse cases during George Floyd protests

Police line the streets during protests following the murder of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer in 2020.
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Today marks two years since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. The cases of several Columbus police officers accused of misconduct during the George Floyd protests are still in process. Columbus City Council has approved $50,000 to extend a prosecutor's contract in three police abuse cases.

Attorney Kathleen Garber charged Columbus police officers Traci M. Shaw and Phillip Walls with misdemeanor assault, dereliction of duty and interfering with protesters' civil rights for their alleged roles in the protests. Another officer, Holly Kanode, was charged with falsification and dereliction of duty.

Kanode’s trial began May 10 and is ongoing. Walls was in court on May 23 but was granted a continuance. Shaw is due in court on July 18.

“Those are the ones that the statute of limitations is coming up," Garber said. "Those determinations are being made as to what charges if any need to be filed in the next few days.”

Garber said there are at least 17 other cases that she and investigator Rick Wozniak are working on. Wozniak is a former FBI investigator who was hired independently.

Tyler Thompson was a reporter and on-air host for 89.7 NPR News. Thompson, originally from northeast Ohio, has spent the last three years working as a Morning Edition host and reporter at NPR member station KDLG Public Radio and reporter at the Bristol Bay Times Newspaper in Dillingham, Alaska.