What you missed in Columbus for May 3

A shooting at Park Street Cantina, Columbus police run ‘amok’ and Saeed Jones joins Isaac Fitzgerald for a walk

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Sat. May 30, 2020; Columbus, OH, USA; Crowds disperse after Columbus Division of Police officers deployed tear gas as protests continue following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed while in police custody after alledgely passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a conveinence store. Derek Chauvin, one of four Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd's arrest, has himself been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. During the arrest, video footage showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for about nearly nine as Floyd repeatedly said "I can't breathe."

A federal judge in Columbus granted an injunction against the Columbus police on Friday barring the use of tear gas, pepper spray, wooden projectiles and other so-called “non-lethal force” against peaceful protesters.

"Some of the members of the Columbus Police Department had no regard for the rights secured by this bedrock principle of American democracy (the First Amendment of the Constitution),” Chief U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley wrote in the decision. “This case is the sad tale of police officers, clothed with the awesome power of the state, run amok."

The decision resulted from a 118-page complaint filed by 26 protesters who said they were brutalized by Columbus police during the Black lives matter protests that sprung up in the city in late May following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. 

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A Sunday shooting at Park Street Cantina left three wounded. A suspect has not yet been identified in the shooting, which was reported at 6:45 p.m, with the Dispatch reporting that police were in the process of reviewing security footage. Joshua Brown, an attorney for the Arena District bar, told the paper that a cleaning crew was on-site on Sunday and that the business would resume normal operations today.

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Last week, NYC writer Isaac Fitzgerald visited Columbus to spend some time strolling with friend Saeed Jones for the latest edition of his new Substack, Walk It Off. (While here, he also took time out to hit the pavement with Alive.) On the pair’s walk, Fitzgerald and Jones visited the deer sculptures alongside the Scioto River while talking about everything from grief and friendship to last summer’s Black lives matter protests. 

“The activists and organizers here in Columbus, Ohio do not give up. Last summer there were protests — and now even — there have been protests where the protesters, they’ll march for miles and miles and miles to prove their point,” Jones said. "It’s hot here in Columbus in the summer, and just seeing that commitment, being there and witnessing it and participating in it… it’s one of the few things that kind of gives me hope about this, because it can all be so disheartening.”

Give the whole thing a read here.

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In local reality television news, last Thursday on “Top Chef," Service Bar executive chef Avishar Barua bounced back from a bottom-three finish the previous week, safely advancing with his “alien” take on a s’more. The next episode of “Top Chef” airs Thursday on Bravo.

“American Idol” contestant Deshawn Goncalves wasn’t quite as lucky. The Columbus native was eliminated from the singing competition on Sunday, when the field was narrowed to seven finalists.