/  06.10.2021

Three Ohio officers were charged following their response to a George Floyd demonstration over the summer, ABC News reported. On Wednesday (June 9), Kathleen Garber, the prosecutor appointed to look into complaints made against Columbus police amid last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, announced that charges of dereliction of duty were filed against Sgt. Traci M. Shaw, Sgt. Holly Kanode and Officer Phillip Walls.

Shaw and Walls face additional counts of assault and interfering with civil rights.

According to findings from an ongoing investigation, a protester was a few blocks away from a protest on May 30 when he and two friends were approached by Shaw, who pepper-sprayed them for no reason.

Walls was also accused of “pepper-spraying peaceful protesters.” Body camera footage showed as he walked up to demonstrators on the sidewalk and attacked them with pepper gas. He also allegedly pepper-sprayed a protester who was attempting to assist a fellow activist who was also sprayed, per an affidavit.

As for Konade, she told investigators that she helped to arrest a protester who attempted to tackle another officer to the floor. After footage of the encounter showed that she was lying, her dereliction of duty charge was topped with a charge of falsification of a report.

Shaw, Kanode and Walls have since been placed on administrative leave. Mark Collins, the attorney representing all three officers, said that they will fight the charges filed against them and plan to plead not guilty during their arraignment on July 8.

Their actions during the protest have been backed by Jeff Simpson, executive vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police union in Columbus, who believes the officers “acted appropriately within the scope of their duties.”

The investigation into the actions of Columbus police during BLM protests remains active. Per Garber, other officers may possibly be charged.


REVOLT x Vice: A Juneteenth special

Mara Schiavocampo and guests celebrate Juneteenth with a roundtable discussion about some of the most ...
  /  06.19.2022

Watch Lucky Daye deliver a sensual performance of "Roll Some Mo"

In honor of Black Music Month, REVOLT has teamed up with Xfinity and Grammy award-winning ...
  /  06.20.2022

King Combs vs. Pardison Fontaine (Semi-Finals) | ‘The Crew League’ (S2, Ep. 6)

In the most dramatic Crew League game yet, King Combs and The CYN Mob battle against Pardison Fontaine ...
  /  07.09.2021

Building a future for Black dance

REVOLT sat down with Big Boss Vette during Black Music Month to discuss her music, influences, ...
  /  06.23.2022
View More