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Columbus Police officers involved in viral punching video sued

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Update: Several Columbus Police officers involved in a viral punching video last summer are being sued.

Jonathan Robinson, who was punched in the neck by officer Anthony Johnson (AKA “The Dancing Cop“) along with two other men involved in the incident have filed a lawsuit claiming six officers violated their civil rights.

Attorneys representing Robinson, Derrick Sloan, and Derrlye Sloan alleged the six officers illegally searched Derryle Sloan’s home, made wrongful arrest, and enacted wrongful imprisonment.

The incident began when police responded to a report of a shooting on Heyl Ave. on June 7. According to the lawsuit per WOSU, police officers with their guns drawn ordered all adults to exit Derryle Sloan’s home, but told children to remain inside.

Police allegedly searched the home without a warrant and seized a BB gun.

Robinson’s wife Jahanara arrived on the scene with two toddlers, and reportedly received permission to enter the house to retrieve the other children. WOSU reports she was blocked by another officer with a firearm.

Robinson approached the officer who was stopping his wife, and was instructed to step back. Video captured by a bystander then shows Johnson pushing Robinson before punching him in the neck, reports WOSU.

Derrick Sloan, who had been recording the incident on his cell phone, was pepper sprayed by officers, who arrested and charged him with obstructing official business.

Both Robinson and Derrick Sloan were arrested at the scene, but charges against both men were later dropped.

The officers named in the lawsuit include Johnson and fellow Columbus Police officers Joseph Barsotti, Carl Harmon, Alex Mottinger, David Schultz and Bret Woodward.

Visit WOSU for more information.

06/11/2019: Columbus police have released body camera footage of the controversial incident from Friday night that called the actions of Columbus’ “The Dancing Cop” into question.

The 49-minute video was taken around 4pm Friday on Heyl Avenue when police responded to a ShotSpotter report of gunshots, reports 10TV.

Below is the footage, including Officer AJ Johnson’s hitting a man with a closed fist (the situation begins escalating around 23:20).

Jonathan Robinson, the man who was punched, was arrested for disorderly conduct and interfering with official business.

06/10/2019: A Columbus police officer known for his dance moves has gone viral once again but this time, it’s not for flossing.

Officer AJ Johnson, AKA “The Dancing Cop,” was captured on cell phone video punching a man while on duty.

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Police were responding to a report of a shooting Friday evening on Heyl Avenue. Officers had guns drawn as bystanders shouted at police and recorded, reports ABC6.


Jonathan Robinson, 25, was first pushed by Officer Johnson. Seconds later, he was punched. Read Robinson’s side of the story here.

In a Facebook post, Interim Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan said “while uses of force can appear shocking the officer on preliminary review was protecting bystanders during a call for service where guns were fired.” A full investigation will follow.

‪📲VIDEO CIRCULATING SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY: Chief Tom Quinlan has reviewed the officers body 🎥 video & while uses of force…

Posted by Columbus Division of Police on Saturday, June 8, 2019

Below are Twitter reactions to the incident:

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New Polaris gym raising the Barre

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A recently-opened Polaris gym wants to raise the barre on your fitness this year.

Pure Barre, the largest barre franchise in North America, opened its doors in Columbus on January 9 at 1513 Gemini Place.

The new studio will offer members a low-impact, total-body workout using a ballet barre and small pulsing movements to strengthen and tone. Each Pure Barre class is designed as an intense workout that improves endurance, flexibility, and balance. 

Pure Barre Polaris is owned and operated by Amanda and Nathan Bradish, who both graduated from Ohio State University and have lived in Columbus for almost 10 years.

“Barre is a low impact, high intensity workout that is safe on joints while also toning and strengthening your muscles,” said Amanda. “Any age and fitness level can benefit from barre because of its low impact. I’ve been waiting for Pure Barre to finally come to the Polaris area, so I’m excited to combine my passions and be the one to bring it to the neighborhood.”

To give the Columbus community an opportunity to become familiar with the Pure Barre experience, the studio will celebrate its opening with free classes on Feb. 22-23.

Pure Barre Polaris is open daily. The studio can be reached online at or by phone at 614-787-5559.

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Brewery District bakery to close after 10 years

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The Brewery District will be sans a bakery in just a few short days.

After 10 years, Kolache Republic will be serving its last pastry on Saturday, February 8.

"We are truly grateful to our community of customers, friends, family and staff who have supported us in our pursuit to bring a unique food experience to this vibrant city as Columbus’ first and only kolache bakery," wrote Kolache Republic on Facebook.

Other than deciding it was "time to hang up our oven mitts and start a new chapter," the Czech pastry shop did not provide a reason for the closure.

If you're planning on showing a lot of love for Kolache Republic before it closes, Kolache recommends calling ahead for any orders of a dozen or more.

Kolache Republic is located at 730 S High St.

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Former meteorologist Mike Davis to plead guilty on child pornography charges

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According to court records and a report from his onetime employer, former 10TV meteorologist Mike Davis will plead guilty to the child pornography charges against him.

In his trial, scheduled for January 30, Davis is expected to plead guilty to four counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.

Davis is accused of uploading more than 15,000 images of suspected child pornography using a Yahoo email address. He was arrested on September 5 after the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) was tipped off to the alleged activities.

The indictment against him alleges that since 2012, Davis regularly downloaded and emailed to himself videos and images depicting young children engaging in sexual activity.

Davis originally pleaded not guilty to all charges in October 2019. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said no plea deal has been offered in the case and his office will seek jail time for Davis.

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