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Protest of King, Green cases taken to Ginther's door

(WSYX/WTTE)

Protestors demanding action following the Columbus police deadly shooting of Tyre King take their message to the mayor.

A couple dozen people people stood outside Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther's Clintonville home Thursday night.

The mayor's office says Ginther wasn't home at the time.

"We will be back ... We will be back," shouted protestors.

The promise and message were heard loud and clear.

"We want to keep a week of action going following the protest at the city council. We want to continue to keep the momentum going. We are here because it's the mayor's house. Tyre King's blood is on the mayor's hands," said Lane Campbell with Showing up for Racial Justice.

A Columbus police officer shot and killed King earlier this month after police were called to investigate a robbery. Police said King pulled from his waistband what turned out to be a BB gun.

On this night, protestors from Showing Up For Racial Justice held signs reading "In memory of Tyre King", "Enough" and "Step up Mayor Ginther."

The group wants funding for CPD to go toward prevention and healing programs rather than more policing. They also want an end to summer safety initiatives saying they undermine trust in black neighborhood's.

Protestors took a knee and raised fists. Campbell said they want the predominately white neighborhood to wake up.

"It's not that I don't think this white neighborhood doesn't know what's going on but I think as a white person for me it's easy to not think about these issues it's much easier to not talk about race it's much easier to not talk about racial injustice," said Campbell.

Ginther urged patience as the investigations into the shootings continues.

"We have and continue to engage residents, civic and faith leaders, community activists, and advocates for social justice in direct conversations centered on improving community-police relations and building trust," Ginther said. "We are listening, and we are focused on constructive dialogue and lasting solutions to move our city forward. I ask residents to remain patient and allow for investigations into recent police-involved shootings to reveal the facts. And, while we should all be grateful to live in a country where free speech and civil disobedience are acceptable forms of expression, we must treat each other with mutual respect as we work together.”


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