A video showing Columbus Police using excessive force against a unarm black man is causing growing anger in the country.
Milena Jackson was in her car when videotaping the incident that happen at the Grant Medical Center. The man who has been identified as 38-year-old Shelton Adams. According to 10TV, Adams was jailed and charged with disorderly conduct. According to many reports, Adams was at the medical center for a job interview.
Many reactions to this video share the same message of excessive force being used towards an unarmed black man and police brutality. However, president of OhioHealth Grant Medical Center has released an updated statement into the investigation and called the incident “an opportunity for our team to look beyond training and exercise more compassion.”
You can read Lawson complete statement below:
The last couple of days have given us a lot to think about. Including me.
It’s provided an opportunity for us to reflect on what matters most—which is putting our patients and their families first by always living our values.
In a world where we are judged by our actions, we feel it is important for us to lead by example and acknowledge what happened Monday evening when 3 of our protective service officers were in an altercation with Mr. Adams, a visitor at Grant.
While our initial investigation shows that our protective service officers did follow recognized protocols, we believe there was an opportunity for our team to look beyond their official training and exercise more compassion, coupled with good judgement, in engaging with Mr. Adams.
Patients and visitors entering our hospitals are often under great stress and we must always be attune to their concerns and needs.
We have to be overly diligent in working to assess those needs to effectively and respectfully de-escalate situations like this.
We are using this recent situation as an opportunity to pause and learn so we can determine appropriate action to take. We will be further evaluating how we could have handled this situation differently and learn from experts who can share additional perspectives.
Likewise, we will look to engage everyone throughout OhioHealth with our learnings to continue to set the bar high for all of us.
We deeply regret what happened. As a faith-based organization, we take very seriously our obligation to care for our patients, their families and the community at all times and this starts with honoring the dignity and worth of each person. Thank you.