Good morning Columbus. What you need to know: How police complaints are handled, brrrr, East swimming family and Wiikiaami in the snow

Good morning Columbus:

Some really important discussions happened all over Columbus Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Columbus resident Brittany King gave a moving speech, noting there’s more work to be done with it comes to racial equality and justice in America. Click here to read more.

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And during a discussion called “Columbus Then and Now: How Far Have We Come, How Far Do We Have to Go?” residents shared what it was like growing up in the city. Here’s the interesting story.

Another important issue we are writing about for Wednesday is how complaints against the police department are handled. The city is recommending updates to the process, and there’s a public hearing on the changes at  6 p.m. Thursday at Donner Center, 739 22nd St.

The city has spent 18 months examining the role of a civilian oversight panel and is proposing  changes after discussions with the African American Pastor’s Alliance, a group made of leaders from five predominantly black churches in the area.

“From the police department’s perspective, we want the citizens to feel like they have a fair opportunity,” said Columbus Police Chief Jon Rohde said.

Here’s what else you need to know today —

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. weather information is just a little too cute for me today. It read: -0.3 degrees F. Really? That is precision I am just not appreciating this morning. A wind chill advisory remains in effect until noon. Click here for closings and delays.

Happening in Franklin: Official shares controversial post.
Our sister paper, the Daily Journal, is reporting on a Franklin City Council member and reserve sheriff’s deputy who shared a post on social media that referred to s***hole countries, Democrats, votes and the United States. Here’s the story.

The family that swims together …
Meet Evan and Marin Wieneke. The Columbus East athletes were destined to be swimmers. Read the story here.

Today’s instapic is from Richard McCoy of Exhibit Columbus: Snowy day at Wiikiaami

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Have a great day and stay warm. Share your story ideas.

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