Civilian Police Review Board holds first meeting after 20-year-old man shot dead by CPD

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The City of Columbus Civilian Police Review Board has been fully operational for less than two months and it already has a big job to do.

The board could recommend disciplinary action against the Columbus police officer who killed 20-year-old Donovan Lewis last week while serving a warrant. This is if it is determined that the officer was wrong.

The members of this council were appointed to their positions in 2021, but it did not become fully operational until July 11. Tuesday was their first meeting since the incident after CPD officer Rickey Anderson shot Donovan Lewis.

Since its commissioning, the Inspector General’s office, which is in charge of the council, has received 88 complaints about CPD officers. Inspector General Jacqueline Hendricks said 58 of them were closed because they were not deemed sufficient to continue or had nothing to do with DPC.

Only 30 of those 88 cases were investigated for misconduct, 27, or excessive use of force, 3. Now it’s still unclear to the council if any of those 30 complaints relate to the Lewis case, but from what was said at the meeting, they are aware that it is coming.

A big part of Tuesday’s meeting was to figure out how to proceed with these disciplinary hearings, how they will know if a complaint has already been filed or if it is from someone in good standing, and how long they have to proceed with a recommended punishment. . .

During the meeting, several board members used the Lewis case as an example to try to determine when the civilian review board will hold its hearings if there is also a criminal investigation involved.

“Again, just using the concrete examples of the three recent shootings, is there anything that, because this is a public hearing that we can’t just ask, is there -he had a complaint filed regarding Donovan Lewis,” board member Rich Nathan asked.

Hendricks said the board will not hold its hearings until a criminal investigation is conducted, if there is one, and that their side will focus primarily on administrative misconduct.

“What we would do is review the agent’s actions to see if their actions violated DPC’s policies and procedures. That would still be what our investigation would be. So it wouldn’t be investigating the criminal investigation, it would be their actions to see if their actions violate policy and procedure,” Hendricks said.

The inspector general said council will have 90 days to close the case from the day the complaint is filed, but extensions may be granted in certain situations. At this time, we do not know when the hearings for the Lewis case will take place.

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