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Columbus police officer charged with several counts of dereliction of duty

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm

A former Columbus police officer has been charged with nine counts of dereliction of duty by the City Attorney's Office.

Connie Brant served on the force for 24 years. She was relieved of duty last October.

The charges date back to cases in 2016 and involve incomplete investigations into vehicular assault and vehicular manslaughter cases.

Police Chief Elaine Bryant called for an internal investigation which led to the charges.

In an emailed statement, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein wrote:

“Every elected official and public servant should be held to the highest standard of conduct, and any breach of the public’s trust should be investigated, and if warranted, prosecuted. The Division of Police completed a criminal investigation into Officer Brant’s actions and, after consultation with the City Attorney’s Office, determined criminal charges for dereliction of duty would be filed. Officer Brant will be given the same due process as any other citizen, but make no mistake—no one is above the law, and the residents of Columbus deserve public servants that come to work on their behalf every single day.”