Protesters march through downtown demanding independent investigation into Tyre King’s death

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Marchers protesting the police involved shooting death of 13-year-old Tyre King raised fists in the air, raised signs high and raised their voices as they wound their way up Broad Street and down High Street in downtown Columbus.

Members of the People’s Justice Project walked from city hall to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s office Monday evening demanding answers.

The group, city council members and council president Zach Klein held a news conference before the march, championing a new working relationship after protestors took over last Monday’s city council meeting.

People’s Justice Project’s Tammy Fournier-Alsaada said the group wants an independent investigation into King’s death.

They also want the city to re-evaluate targeted crime enforcement in hot spots around the city called the ‘Summer Safety Initiative.’

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“No Policy is set in stone and after discussing the Summer Safety Initiative with the People’s Justice Project and other community leaders, I am convinced that this program needs to be evaluated,” said Klein.

“We’re ready to sit at the table. We’ve been meeting with them all week as you’re aware and we would like to develop the relationship that has never been in place with the police department and Ron O’Brien,” said Fournier-Alssada.

Now the group is targeting O’Brien and soon, they say, Columbus Police.

“Our attention is not just on city council. It has been for the last week but we understand that part of these decisions are at the Columbus Police Department and we’ll be going there next,” said Fournier-Alssada.

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