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File #: 1808-2020    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/22/2020 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 7/27/2020 Final action: 7/30/2020
Title: To enact new chapter 1912 of the Columbus City Codes, establishing standards for the use of warrants by the Columbus Division of Police, and to declare an emergency.
Sponsors: Emmanuel V. Remy, Mitchell Brown

The purpose of this ordinance is to enact new Chapter 1912, pertaining to the use of search warrants by the Division of Police.

Following the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, cities across the country, including in the state of Ohio, are reconsidering how law enforcement executes search warrants, especially no-knock warrants. Evidence suggests that no-knock warrants increase the safety risk to both civilians and law enforcement, as hundreds have been injured or killed in the U.S. in the last several years during the execution of these warrants.

In the interest of promoting public safety and accountability, City Council is amending Title 19 of the Columbus City Codes to include new Chapter 1912, pertaining to search warrants. The main purposes of this code amendment are as follows:

· Limiting the use of no-knock warrants to suspicion of higher-level felonies
· Requiring the approval of the Chief of Police or their designee before executing a no-knock warrant
· Requiring no fewer than two (2) hours of surveillance immediately prior to the execution of the warrant.
· Banning no-knock warrants when there is intelligence or suspicion of minors being present at the location where the warrant is being executed.
· Establishing clear guidelines for executing all warrants.
· Requiring body-worn cameras for any officer that participates in the execution of a warrant in a tactical situation.

This ordinance is just one aspect of re-imagining public safety in the City of Columbus, and serves to increase accountability for law enforcement and promote the safety of police officers and all residents.

EMERGENCY DESIGNATION: Emergency action is requested in order to ensure that the Division of Police has new standards set as soon as possible for the execution of no-knock, and other warrants, to protect public safety and welfare of residents.


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