Columbus Police Vice Unit under review

Chief Jacobs said the Columbus Division of Police Department's Vice Unit has been placed under a review. (WSYX/WTTE)

The Columbus Division of Police Department's Vice Unit has been placed under a review.

The review will last four weeks and impact the unit's 20 officers and supervisors.

The department's Vice Unit has been connected to two high profile incidents in recent months.

In July, adult entertainer Stormy Daniels was arrested following her performance at Sirens Gentleman's Club. Arresting officers from the Vice Unit said Daniels' performance violated Ohio law. Shortly after her arrest, charges against her were dropped.

In August, alleged prostitute Donna Castleberry was killed in an officer-involved shooting. The shooter, Officer Andrew Mitchell, was stabbed in the hand by Castleberry while he was arresting her according to police.

Officer Mitchell is assigned to the Vice Unit. The officer is also under a criminal investigation.

During a Thursday afternoon press conference with Police Chief Kim Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tim Becker, neither would go into detail about the investigation.

Chief Jacobs explained during the four-week review, proactive work will be put on hold.

"The fact that we have a new commander there. The fact that we've had some high-profile incidents that could involve from either the same officers or the same section have all played into adding to the urgency in which we need to look at their operations," explained Chief Jacobs.

Despite the four-week review, Chief Jacobs reassured the public that work to crack down on issues like prostitution won't be put on the back burner.


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