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Ohio Police Kill Unarmed Black Man Over Noise Complaint


A 47-year-old Black man was reportedly shot and killed by an Ohio police officer after being called to the scene over a noise complaint early Tuesday (December 22).

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference he instructed the city’s police chief to suspend and take the badge and gun of the officer who fatally shot the currently unidentified man.

“The community is exhausted,” Ginther said, noticeably angry.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is leading the inquiry into what happened, as it is city policy for all shootings involving Columbus police officers.

Sgt. James Fuqua said the shooting occured after officers were dispatched at just past 1:30 am on Tuesday. A non-emergency called summoned police to the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive on Columbus’ Northwest Side over a disturbance involving a vehicle running on and off for an extended time. The noise complaint came from a neighbor, Fuqua says.

According to Ginther and city Department of Public Safety officials, police were initially called by a neighbor who said they saw a person sitting inside a SUV that was turned on and off multiple times over a period of time. When officers arrived on scene, they found a home’s garage door open and a man inside.

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An internal review of one of the responding officer’s body-worn cameras reveals the man, who was visiting someone at their home, proceeded to walk toward the officers with a cellphone in his left hand. His right hand was not visible.

One officer fired his weapon, striking the 47-year-old Black man,

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