Officials push police support despite no-confidence vote
Posted August 11
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus mayor is defending his support for police and public safety following a no-confidence vote by the union representing officers in Ohio's biggest city.
Mayor Andrew Ginther, a Democrat, says public safety is and has always been his number one priority.
The mayor notes public safety is the city's biggest budget item annually and he's committed to strengthening the department and hiring new officers.
City Council President Zachary Klein, also a Democrat, says his support for officers is unwavering but he also expects them to perform their duties responsibly.
FOP President Jason Pappas says the union has lost confidence in officials' ability to lead.
He says the July firing of an officer appearing to kick a prone suspect in the head is only one of the union's concerns.