We keep hearing that most cops are good, and that there are just a few bad apples, but if that’s the case, why is it so hard to extricate the bad cops from the job?
Columbus Police officer Randy Mayhew was violating the public trust at least since 2015, when the first recorded complaint of his conduct was reported. He was found guilty of three counts of prostitution, three counts of solicitation and one count of dereliction of duty but despite all that, avoided jail time. Instead, Mayhew was handed 30 hours of community service and a paltry $150 fine. This follows the laughable one day suspension the CPD chief suggested for Officer Zach Rosen for making the heroic decision to stomp on a detained suspect’s face, and Officer Joseph Bogard’s reprehensible remarks made during an arrest a few months ago.
This isn’t an indictment of all police officers, but skeptics in the general public might be more inclined to believe that these instances are anomalies if other cops would speak out against abuses, and judges would throw the proverbial book at cops who break the law in hopes of reminding all police officers that violating the public trust comes with dire consequences.
Police officers don’t have it easy, but people know that before they voluntarily sign up for the job. When you put on that uniform, along with the badge and gun that go with it, you are accepting a grave responsibility to protect and serve the public. In order to perform their duties effectively, police officers have the discretion to suspend, albeit temporarily, our constitutional rights. Literally speaking, a police officer has a license to kill, and the means to do so are holstered at their side.
Since 9-11, we’ve allowed the script to be flipped. In addition to a militarization of our police force, there’s a culture of hero worship surrounding law enforcement that seems to foster a sense of entitlement in today’s cops. Too often courtesy and respect are traded for robotic hostility, and a presumption of guilt, This leads to tense interactions, that sometimes have lethal consequences. Rather than expecting people to show them respect, police should feel an obligation to prove themselves worthy of the honor that comes with being trusted with our lives.
One hospitalized after Clintonville-area Kroger shooting
One person was taken to the hospital after being shot at the Clintonville-area Kroger Wednesday night.
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There are no details surrounding the shooting or information about the suspect(s) yet, but the victim was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital in stable condition, reports 10TV.
The shooting happened around 10:40 PM in the parking lot of the Kroger, located on the corner of North High Street and North Broadway.
This is why we can’t have nice things. According to a post shared to the 16-Bit Bar+Arcade Facebook page, a heist team of caucasian YoPros made off with the establishment’s beloved Stay Puft Marshmallow man statue.
As security footage of the scene shows, several tank-topped bros distracted the door man with the old “will you take our picture” bit, while a female associate clumsily fumbled the figure out the door concealed under a jean jacket.
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The incident took place at the Dublin location of 16-Bit Bar+Arcade over Memorial Day weekend.
If you think you recognize anyone in the footage, please share your tips with 16-Bit by DMing them on Facebook or Instagram (@16bitbar) or emailing [email protected]. Please help spread this video around and see if we can’t bring Stay Puft home where he belongs!
Gahanna man charged with beating uncle to death with bat
A Gahanna man has been charged in the beating death of his uncle over a game of pool.
Police say 34-year-old Cameron Goodrich and his uncle, identified as 59-year-old Dino Goodrich, got into an argument at 285 Muskingum Drive just before midnight on Tuesday.
10TV reports the disagreement escalated until Cameron grabbed a baseball bat and struck his uncle.
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Dino was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Gahanna Division of Police is investigating this death as a possible homicide. Cameron has been detained by police and will be charged with murder.
Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact the Gahanna Division of Police Investigative Bureau at 614-342-4240.