WCBE Stories
11:22 am
Fri December 28, 2007

Reviewing 2007 with Mayor Coleman - Part 3

Columbus, OH – 2007 was a mixed year for public safety in Columbus. The city's homicide rate fell by more than 20 percent, and most neutral observers credit this year's summer strike force by police for taking hundreds of weapons and wanted felons off the streets. But a racially-charged video made by a Columbus police officer surfaced on the internet this year, and officer misconduct as well as police involved shootings made headlines. All of this against the backdrop of police staffing questions and a shaky city budget outlook. In the final installment of our annual end of the year interview with the mayor, Michael Coleman talks with Jim Letizia about police, tax increases, and one new idea Coleman says will improve neighborhood safety.