CPD Abolishes Vice Unit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Columbus Division of Police has shut down the department's Vice Unit.

The move by Interim Chief of Police Thomas Quinlan reassigns three officers, and abolishes the assignments of seven other officers.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther supports the move, indicating in a YouTube video that it's the right move to make, as the department works to rebuild the relationship with the community.

The vice unit came under scrutiny after the arrest of Stormy Daniels, at a Columbus strip club back in July 2018. Two other employees of the establishment were arrested the same night, and an investigation later determined those arrests were improper.

Last week, Columbus Vice Officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested and charged with holding suspects, and forcing them to have sex with him, in exchange for their release.

The vice unit is currently undergoing an internal review by the investigative deputy chief.

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