What you missed in Columbus for Sept. 8

Andy Downing
adowning@columbusalive.com
Early arriving fans take their seats prior to the MLS soccer match between Columbus Crew SC and FC Cincinnati at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. The team allowed 1,500 fans to attend the match.

WOSU released the first part of its two-part serieson racism within the Columbus Division of Police, in which reporter Paige Pfleger interviews seven current Black CPD officers about their experiences with race on the force. The feature also recounts a 2014 incident in which former officer Eric Cornett alleged that sergeant Eric Moore made racist threats."He referred to me as ape, monkey, n------, he mentioned taking myself and my supervisor out back and shooting us in the head," Cornett said. Nothing came of the internal investigation, though Moore was later fired for an unrelated 2016 offense. Moore is still on the job, however, having been reinstated by an arbitrator at the urging of the Fraternal Order of Police.Click here to read the entire feature, and watch for part two on Wednesday.

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Dispatch columnist Theodore Decker is always a must-read, but it’s particularly true ofhis most recent column, which delves into actions the city has taken to shut down drug houses under nuisance laws. Decker argues that this Whac-A-Mole approach doesn’t get at the roots of the economic inequality driving the creation of these drug houses, rightly taking Columbus to task for being “a city with an uneven record when it comes to helping all citizens, and all neighborhoods.”

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The Columbus Crew continued its hot restart to the 2020 season witha 3-0 win over interstate rival FC Cincinnati at Mapre Stadium on Sunday night. The game was most notable for taking place in front of a limited number of fans, making it the first professional sporting event in Ohio to allow paid attendance since the coronavirus shut the state down in March. (Attendance was capped at 1,500 and distancing was enforced.)

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Violence in Columbus continued over the weekend, with the citysurpassing 100 homicides. At the current rate, the city could challenge the record of 143, set in 2017. Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Police Chief Tom Quinlan are scheduled to join for a press conference at 2 p.m. today to discuss the spike.

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This Dispatch profile of a Columbus teenager who started his own sneaker restoration business is filled with great details, particularly the revelation that Antonio Davis, 15, launched the venture once boredom settled in after he binge-watched the entire run of “Grey’s Anatomy” in the early months of the pandemic.