COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by police in Columbus, Ohio, has sparked a debate over the city's safety.
Mayor Andrew Ginther said in the wake of the shooting that Columbus is the safest big city in America, yet some residents in poor neighborhoods disagree, saying it doesn't feel that way.
Overall, the crime rate in America's 15th-largest city is relatively low. Its homicide rate has hovered below 100 in recent years.
But community leaders say there are deep divides between neighborhoods, and some said they don't feel protected by the city's police.
Police say Tyre King was shot by a white officer after the black teenager pulled out a realistic-looking BB gun from his waistband after being chased police by officers investigating a robbery.