A federal judge has ordered police in Columbus, Ohio, to stop using force including tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets against nonviolent protesters, ruling that officers ran "amok" during last summer's protests of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Judge Algenon Marbley of the Southern District of Ohio described the actions of the Columbus police as "the sad tale of officers, clothed with the awesome power of the state, run amok."

Ohio Republican lawmakers are pushing for two bills that would increase penalties for offenses that take place during demonstrations and protests. Opponents of the bills say this is an attempt to limit free speech.

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Hundreds stood in solidarity with people of Asian descent during the Stop Asian Hate gathering at the Freedome Center in downtown Cincinnati Sunday. There wasn't enough time for everyone who wanted to share their experience with anti-Asian racism to speak at the podium. But those who made it to the microphone said their children are mocked for having Asian features, they're blamed for the global spread of the COVID-19 virus, and they're sexualized or minimized by the "model minority" stereotype.

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People with guns, bats and bullhorns gathered at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Sunday as part of a nationwide armed march planned at statehouses across the country. Ohio was the only one in the Tri-State to see people gather in an effort the FBI had warned was being organized by far-right extremist groups. 

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Two more Hamilton County judges have dismissed charges against 66 people arrested this spring during Black Lives Matter demonstrations, bringing the total number of cases dismissed to 101, or roughly one-fifth of the total number of arrests.

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As the world awaits vote tabulation in four states, activists in Cincinnati say they don't want to see the election stolen. At a Defend the Vote rally in Piatt Park Wednesday night, some speakers say they think Donald Trump will try.

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Demonstrators took to the streets of Cincinnati Wednesday night to protest the grand jury decision in the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville. One officer was charged with wanton endangerment for firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. Two other officers were not charged.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency Tuesday pending an announcement by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron regarding the Breonna Taylor case.

The 2020 Kentucky Derby 'Unlike Any Other'

Sep 5, 2020

Updated 5:03 p.m. ET

The Kentucky Derby, usually the first weekend in May, was postponed this year until Saturday due to the coronavirus pandemic. There aren't any spectators in the stands for this year's race, which is taking place just after Louisville marks 100 consecutive days of protests against racism and police violence.

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says it feels odd to announce the Kentucky Derby in September, but it's the reality of 2020 — a year when the "most exciting two minutes in sports" will go forward without spectators in the stands due the coronavirus pandemic, but crowds will gather outside the track to amplify calls to arrest and charge the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor.

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Saturday marked the first day of "BreonnaCon," a series of events intended to raise awareness about the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville. 

Over the course of four days, there will be barbecues, food drives and empowerment events, culminating in a march on Louisville Metro Police Department's training academy on Tuesday. 

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For more than a month now, Monica Onyedika has set up a tent and laid out blankets on the greenspace median along Central Parkway near District 1. Sometimes others join her; sometimes it's just her. No matter which way it goes, Onyedika says she will continue to be there every Friday at 6 p.m., to remind people that Black lives matter. Her life depends on it, she says.

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Activists are hoping to get a police reform measure on November's ballot as a charter amendment. People's Safety Reimagined says they want to change Cincinnati's police department into a public safety agency. The group started collecting petition signatures Thursday evening in Cincinnati's Piatt Park.

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Lawyers for some of the 500 people arrested during the protests in Cincinnati in late May and early June want charges dropped. On Tuesday, The Cincinnati Mass Defense Coalition handed over a motion to the city solicitor's office demanding the curfew charges filed against the protesters be dismissed. The motion claims the curfew ordered by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley was unconstitutional.

St. Louis, St. Paul, Richmond, Boston — cities across the country have dismantled, torn down or removed their statues honoring the explorer Christopher Columbus. One of the more recent and more surprising additions to that list is his namesake: Columbus, Ohio. The city once had three Christopher Columbus statues.

Construction crews recently dismantled a marble statue on the campus of Columbus State Community College, loading it piece by piece onto a flatbed truck to be put into storage.

A small Columbus statue still stands on the lawn of the statehouse.

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The group Cincinnati For Racial Justice held a protest against police brutality at Washington Park on Sunday, calling it a continuation of its first march that took place on June 7 and attracted thousands

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Businesses in Over-the-Rhine are weathering the economic shutdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, and now, the anti-racism protests. Alexus Hight, the owner of the upscale children's clothing boutique, Hutch Baby, worked to reopen her doors after she saw people breaking windows on Vine Street. On Elm Street, Black OWned and BlaCk Coffee Lounge owner Means Cameron saw an outpouring of support for his businesses after vandals broke his windows.

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Cincinnati City Council's budget hearing Thursday night ended abuptly when the crowd's booing at one of the speakers led Chairman David Mann to walk out. Outside the Convention Center, where the hearing was held, a protest filled the street with calls to defund the police.

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Updated: Friday, June 19, 4:18 p.m.

Almost immediately after Cincinnati City Council approved a plan to paint a Black Lives Matter mural on Plum Street outside of City Hall Wednesday, artists got to work on the privately funded project.

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Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac joined a video chat Wednesday hosted by Cincinnati Public Schools and Cohear to answer student questions about his tenure with the Cincinnati Police Department, how police can better interact with minority communities, and how he, as a black man, is feeling in this current climate.  

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Hundreds of people have already signed up to participate in public hearings about Cincinnati's budget. Those sessions start Tuesday evening and will now conclude with a potential 12-hour meeting Friday.

The movement that began with demonstrators protesting the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other black people killed by police is starting to shape a policy debate over the future of law enforcement. There are leaders calling for reforms, advocates calling to "defund the police," and others wanting more discussion on the issue.

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Amid the protests against racial injustice and deadly police violence against African Americans, a local panel discussion hosted by Cincy Black PRIDE posed the question: Do all black lives matter?

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Demonstrators took to the streets for a third straight weekend in Cincinnati, though this time, not always at the typical Downtown targets of City Hall and the Hamilton County Courthouse. Marches in protest of police brutality against minorities continued to spread to the Cincinnati suburbs, and often with just as large crowds as their Downtown counterpoints. 

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Demonstrations protesting police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police continue in Cincinnati and its suburbs.

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In the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality, a 2017 study co-authored by a University of Cincinnati professor is getting some renewed attention. The study found that local law enforcement agencies who accepted more decommissioned and donated equipment from the U.S. military through what's known as the "1033 Program" were statistically more likely to result in officer involved killings than those who did not utilize the program.

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Men and women in the Cincinnati African American Firefighters Association marched from City Hall to the Hamilton County Courthouse Wednesday night in an effort to bring attention to police brutality against black communities. 

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Cincinnati's city manager said Tuesday that so far, the city has spent $426,361 on overtime for the protests and demonstrations for George Floyd in Downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine and some nearby neighborhoods.

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As demonstrations continue in honor of George Floyd, and many cities in Ohio and elsewhere have come under fire for police response to such protests, Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced he is asking Ohio's Collaborative Community Police Advisory Board to develop minimum standards on law enforcement response to mass protests.

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People arrested by Cincinnati Police for violating the city's recent curfew will not have the charges against them dismissed. But they could soon have options to avoid prosecution.