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CPD officer’s gun taken for foul language used during arrest

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During the arrest of a man in convenience store at the beginning of September, one of the arresting officers said some choice words that got him relieved of his duties.

The officer has been identified as Joseph Bogard.

Police Chief Kim Jacobs said the remarks caught on a body cam warranted the removal of his gun and badge until the CPD can investigate the incident more thoroughly.

According to WOSU, the Bogard said, “What did we tase him for? Why don’t we choke the f— life out of him?”

The video being investigated is that of Timothy Davis’ arrest. Cell phone video shot during the arrest shows officers kicking and punching Davis (watch video below).

Mayor Andrew Ginther supported Officer Jacob’s decision to put Officer Bogard on a time-out AKA desk duty.

“I have reviewed the body-worn camera video, and I am incredibly bothered by the words of the officer in question. I strongly support Chief Jacob’s decision to remove the officer from duty. This is unacceptable behavior for Columbus police officers – or any city employee – and cannot be tolerated. It goes against our community’s values. I appreciate Chief Jacob’s transparency, and her and swift action in this matter.”

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On September 1, Timothy Davis was arrested by plain clothes officers in a convenience store on the 1600 block of Livingston Avenue. Davis (31) had several warrants out for his arrest and is accused of assaulting a Columbus officer last year.

This is Davis after being arrested:

Video of the arrest shows officers kicking and punching Davis. WCBE reports that an officer tried using a taser multiple times but it was ineffective. And officers tried confiscating the video but the person recording refused.

Warning: Video contains violence, profanity, and nudity

Outrage has sparked in the community, many calling the arrest “police brutality,” reports NBC4i.

Many activists, including members of the People’s Justice Project, showed up to Monday’s City Council meeting to voice their concerns and demand a fair and transparent investigation. They want an explanation in seven days.

CPD Chief Kim Jacobs says they’ve been investigating the incident since it happened but still do not have everything they need and therefore will not be able to provide an explanation within seven days.

Nevertheless, many community members will attend next Monday’s meeting expecting answers about Davis’ arrest.

In addition to the claim that Davis assaulted a Columbus cop last year, he was charged with assaulting a Kentucky officer following a high-speed chase in March.

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You might recognize new pop-up in the Short North

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Sprint, jump, jog to the Short North for day 1 of Lululemon’s yearlong pop-up. The popular athletic apparel company is now open at 640 N. High St.

Depending on the success of the pop-up, Lululemon could be a permanent installation on High Street.

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You could personally welcome Lululemon to the neighborhood by attending the grand opening event this Sunday, July 21 which will feature an outdoor yoga session.

This is Lululemon’s second stint in Short North with the first having been from 2008-2010 before the Easton and Polaris stores opened.

Lululemon Short North will be open from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Sundays.

For more information, click here.

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No butts about it, Ohio raises smoking age to 21

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In a move that nicotine-addicted members of Gen-Z are sure to find totally “un-lit,” state lawmakers have raised the legal age for tobacco sales to 21.

The bill, which passed as part of the new state budget, would have included a provision exempting people who turn 18 before October 1 from the new restrictions—but Governor Mike Dewine vetoed that portion of the law.

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Products such as cigarettes, rolling papers, vaping products and chewing tobacco are now only available for legal sale to those 21 and up.

Sorry, kids. You’ll just have to wait a few more years to start wasting money on products that damage your health in countless ways!

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New construction at I-70 split means more traffic for now

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Changes coming to a busy stretch of highway near Children’s Hospital could lead to serious-short term traffic headaches.

According to a report from 10TV, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced two changes to I-70 downtown which are set to begin this August.

First, traffic moving in both directions of I-70 will be shifted to the westbound bridge that carries traffic from the east side, past downtown, for one year. The bridge will host one westbound lane, as it does right now, along with the two eastbound lanes of I-70.

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In the next phase, Parsons Avenue will close between East Main Street and Mooberry Street for 60 days to demolish the existing roads, eventually re-building I-70 east over Parsons Avenue. Drivers should use Grant Avenue instead.

ODOT officials say that bringing I-70 to the top layer will eliminate the need for lane changes that lead to congestion and can cause accidents.

These changes mark the first of many planned projects for roadways in this area.

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