Witnesses say an unarmed man was attacked by Columbus police during a peaceful demonstration by pepper-spraying him and then disconnectnig his legs.
Protesters then rushed the officers and demanded they return the legs. The protesters were also maced, but successfully retrieved his prosthetics.
Mayor Andrew Ginther released a statement assuring the public that there was a ban on using pepper spray against non-violent protestors.
“Those on the other side who are truly peaceful, who are truly non-violent, who are truly non-aggressive need to have the space and deserve to have the space to exercise their First Amendment rights, and we should embrace that,” said Ginther.
Not only was this ban violated, officers also used their bikes as battering rams to attack the crowd. Columbus police also pepper-sprayed a crowd of protestors in seeming defiance of the mayor’s mandate.
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