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Officer Charged With Misdemeanors During George Floyd Riots Nearly Passed Over For Award?

The Columbus Division of Policer recently honored the Division's top cops at an awards ceremony at the James G. Jackson Columbus Police Academy.

Officer Traci Shaw

Traci Shaw, a 22-year veteran, was one of five officers who received the Silver Cross, the Division's second most distinguished award, given to active-duty officers who show courage during a dangerous incident.

In January of 2021, Officer Shaw responded to a gunshot incident, performed life-saving CPR on the victim, and assisted other officers in apprehending two suspects. Officer Shaw was off-duty.

Now, the irony.

An independent investigator and special prosecutor charged Officer Shaw with misdemeanor assault, dereliction of duty, and interfering with civil rights charges during the George Floyd riots of 2020. Officer Shaw is accused of macing protestors during an incident on May 20.

Here's the kicker.

A retired Columbus Division of Police lieutenant told The Sussi Report that "many within the top brass CPD wanted to table the award until after Officer Shaw's case was adjudicated. However, Chief (Elaine) Bryant decided not to. I'll bet the mayor's office won't be happy."

Officer Shaw pleaded not guilty to all charges and requested a jury trial.

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