Residents upset over Columbus Police Helicopter flight over city

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Police Department said it is investigating a flight by a CPD helicopter pilot during a route patrol flight Saturday morning. During that 1 1/2 half hour flight, the unit responded to a stabbing and assault in progress within the city that has seen a sharp spike in violent crime and murder in 2021.

Residents complained the flight targeted low income and minority neighborhoods. Now Mayor Andrew Ginther is asking for an investigation after learning the flight pattern of the helicopter spelled out the letters C-P-D.

The Columbus Police Department apologized to the community for their alleged infraction.

Supporters of the Columbus Police Department said they don’t mind the flights to try to make their city safer and blamed liberal Democrat Mayor Andrew Ginther for the sharp rise in crime and anti-police sentiment in the city.


“Imagine if city council was so outraged about all the dead bodies from homicide,” one person responded to the police department’s announcement.

“Stop writing apologies for non-issues. This is how we get cancel culture. Stand up to idiocy,” another posted.

“Just unbelievable that our city is a mess under the leadership of Ginther and this city council and this is what they focus on. Let CPD do their job,” another added.

In the first four months of 2021, there have been 58 murders in Columbus.

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