COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Following weeks of unrest and vandalism in downtown Columbus, Mayor Andrew Ginther addressed the city on Wednesday to discuss police reforms, and how officers will be held accountable for their actions.
Ginther says an independent law form will investigate police tactics during the protests, and a citizen review board will also be convened. He adds a hotline and e-mail address have been set up for citizens to submit claims of excessive force by police.
Ginther says he is not in favor of "defunding" the Police Department.
Ginther did call out the local FOP, saying officers who do not serve the community in ways that are expected will be held accountable.
Local FOP President Keith Ferrell later responded, saying officers have always had the best interests of protesters and citizens in mind, with regard to keeping the streets clear during the protests, and supporting the rights of protesters.
Ferrell asked Ginther to be clearer on his plans for police reform.