OSU Student Leaders Request University Cut Ties With Columbus Police Dept.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Student leaders at the Ohio State University want the school to cut ties with the Columbus Police Department, over the officers' conduct toward peaceful protesters over the weekend.

The letter was signed by the University's Undergraduate Student Government President, the President of the Council of Graduate Students, and the President of the Inter-Professional Council.

They say Columbus Police officers that were downtown on May 26th used rubber bullets, chemical agents, and pepper spray on peaceful protesters, that included OSU students.

They also cited the pepper-spraying of Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, and Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce on Saturday.

The letter asks that the university end all mutual aid agreements with CPD, limit the frequency of calls to CPD in the off-campus areas, and strongly re-evaluate joint patrol operations.

Their request was sent to University President, Dr. Michael Drake, OSU Chief of Police Kimberly Spears-McNatt, Senior VP of Administration and Planning Jay Kasey, VP of Student Life Dr. Melissa Shivers, and OSU Director of Public Safety Monica Moll.

The letter also requested a response within 48 hours.