Columbus, Ohio cops charged with assault, ‘dereliction of duty,’ lying on a report during George Floyd protest

Pepper-spraying, assaulting peaceful protestors, depriving Americans of their civil rights, and lying on reports.

But, hey, that’s what pigs do.

Meet Police Sgt. Traci M. Shaw, Officer Phillip Walls, and Sgt. Holly Kanode all of the Columbus, OH, Police Department. Each of these three smilin’ White cops has been charged with criminal conduct during the city’s first Black Lives Matter protests, May 30, 2020.

Columbus OH Police Sgt. Traci Shaw

Sgt. Traci Shaw is charged with three counts of Assault, three counts of Dereliction of Duty and three counts of Interfering with Civil Rights. She, by the way, is a use-of-force trainer at the Columbus Police Academy and has given expert testimony on behalf of the city in federal lawsuits. (Kind of a gut kick, ain’t it.)

According to court documents, Shaw was captured on video exiting her marked cruiser near the intersection of High and Goodale streets, walking up to people on the sidewalk and pepper spraying three people.

One person who was pepper sprayed said they were walking home and were several blocks from the crowd of protesters when the incident happened. All three told authorities Shaw never spoke or said anything to them.

3 Columbus police officers charged for alleged misconduct during downtown protests | 10tv.com, June 9, 2021

Then there’s Officer Phillip Walls:

Columbus OH Police Officer Phillip Walls

Officer Phillip Walls has been charged with two counts of Assault, two counts of Dereliction of Duty and two counts of Interfering with Civil Rights. Officer Walls’ charges are related to an event that occurred on May 29, 2020. 

According to court documents, Walls was captured on his body camera pepper spraying peaceful protesters at the corner of Broad and High streets.

3 Columbus police officers charged for alleged misconduct during downtown protests | 10tv.com, June 9, 2021

And, finally, we have Sgt. Holly Kanode:

Columbus OH Police Sgt. Holly Kanode

Sergeant Holly Kanode has been charged with one count of Falsification and one count of Dereliction of Duty. Sergeant Kanode’s charges are related to an event that occurred on May 30, 2020. 

Court documents state that Kanode in the arrest of Nadia Lynch near the intersection of Broad and High streets when Kanode was heard on body camera footage saying Lynch had grabbed hold of an officer and jerked them to the ground. This information was then used in an arrest report.

According to Wozniak, a review of Kanode’s camera and another video submitted to the city did not show Lynch grabbing or throwing any officer to the ground.

3 Columbus police officers charged for alleged misconduct during downtown protests | 10tv.com, June 9, 2021

Naturally, the Columbus chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police is automatically supporting the three pigs.

Jeff Simpson, the executive vice president of Capital City Lodge No. 9 of the Fraternal Order of Police, said in a statement that, “after consultation with our Lodge Counsel, we believe the officers acted appropriately, within the scope of their duties.”

“Our officers are some of the best trained in the country and we welcome the accountability that comes with our job,” Mr. Simpson said. “The Columbus Police Officers who have been charged with misdemeanor misconduct have the constitutional right to due process and are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

3 Columbus Officers Are Charged With Misconduct in George Floyd Protests – The New York Times (nytimes.com), June 10, 2021

Hey, read that line again:

…and we welcome the accountability that comes with our job….

Jeff Simpson, the executive vice president of Capital City Lodge No. 9 of the Fraternal Order of Police, quoted in 3 Columbus Officers Are Charged With Misconduct in George Floyd Protests – The New York Times (nytimes.com), June 10, 2021

That’s one cynical lie, intended for consumption by a very gullible public, if ever you heard one.

Don’t expect justice here.

These cops have only been charged with the crimes. They haven’t yet been tried, let alone convicted.

And odds are, they won’t ever be.

They’ve got the might of the entire criminal-industrial complex on their side.

They’re White.

They’re cops. (read: Trump-supporting, Right-wing, cops.)

This is Ohio we’re talking about. Deep in the heart of racist, right-wing, Trump-supporting America.

And the victims were BLM protesters. People who care about the lives and safety of George Floyd and all Americans of color. “Liberals.”

Like I said, the odds of any of these three pigs being convicted of anything are miniscule.

But we know they did it.

And we don’t have to respect them, no matter what the outcome of any trial or settlement.


Cop: Somebody trying to do an honorable job under difficult circumstances, constant public scrutiny, and the resistance of her colleagues. Subject of much second-guessing, sometimes deservedly.
Pig: Someone who calls himself a cop; has an official badge and gun to prove it; abuses citizens he has sworn to protect and serve; betrays the public trust; dishonors all cops; and deserves not an ounce of respect. His protectors and defenders fare little better.

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