Police mostly side with officers on use of force


COLUMBUS (AP) — A newspaper review of law enforcement agencies across central Ohio found that officers were almost always found to be justified in more than 3,000 use-of-force incidents occurring over a four-year period.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that just three-tenths of a percent of the cases it reviewed were declared out of policy.

Sixty of 69 agencies in Franklin and its six contiguous counties responded to the paper’s public records requests. Seven of those said they never used force during the period between January 2011 and fall 2014. Several others said they rarely did, and never used a gun, Taser or baton.

The review found guns were often drawn but almost never fired — except in Columbus, where officers pulled the trigger 68 times.