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Two-Day Protest Begins in Columbus Over Death of Casey Goodson Jr

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Protesters gathered in downtown Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, December 11, to demand justice for Casey Goodson Jr, who was shot and killed by a Franklin County Sheriff deputy.

The first of a two-day protest started at 6 pm on Friday outside the Franklin County court buildings. A second protest was planned for Saturday noon at the Ohio Statehouse, local media reported.

Footage posted to US Representative Joyce Beatty’s Twitter account shows the congresswoman marching down the street with protesters.

Protesters were encouraged to practice social distancing, wear masks, and peacefully demonstrate, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The Columbus police were requested to avoid using tear gas, pepper spray, and wooden bullets to disperse non-violent protesters, they said.

According to a statement released by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday, an autopsy and medical death investigation revealed Goodson’s manner of death to be a homicide resulting from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. Credit: Joyce Beatty via Storyful