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Emails reveal steps to protect mayor's home during protests

Emails show that while the mayor and his family decided not to be at home during the protests, they increased security.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Many businesses downtown and in the Short North are still reeling from the protests back in May and June.

体育投注Business owners say they have had to pay tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

“I'd say in the tens of thousands,” said TJ Wellman, part-owner of Poke Bros Restaurant.

Poke Bros was broken into and robbed. They were just one of many businesses damaged.

“We were closed down for about two weeks. With everything going on, a lot of our customers have been scared to come back in,” Wellman said.

体育投注As the movement spread, so did the protests.

体育投注“What I felt was a great deal of sadness for the suffering, the rage, the anger of members of our community who felt their voices, that their experiences were real in what they've been through,” Mayor Andrew Ginther said.

Protesters circled in front of Ginther's home, but Ginther and his family were not there.

体育投注“As the mayor of the 14th largest city in America, I don't spend a ton of time at home,” he explained.

Emails obtained through public records requests show that while the mayor and his family decided not to be at home during the protests, they increased security for the family.

体育投注The emails said in part: ‘The Mayor's Unit has advised me of a request by Mayor Ginther to increase the level of protection to include his family at their home when he is not there with them.’

体育投注10TV asked Ginther if more protection was taken for his house that wasn’t afforded downtown businesses, he said he didn’t think that would be the case.

 “I think everything that was done at my home, you'd have to talk to the division of police and the mayor's security detail, but I think everything that was done there was within policy,” he said.

We requested an interview with the head of the mayor's security detail but were denied.

体育投注In an email from the head of the mayor's security to Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan and the director of public safety, it read: “officers need to be able to respond if it gets unruly," and if any damage was done, "the mayor will prosecute."

体育投注 “I think we've been very clear that anyone who engages in criminal acts that they be held accountable,” Ginther said.

Wellman said he's not aware of any arrests from the break-in at his business and says he's still trying to recoup from the damages.

体育投注“Our windows, because it was deemed a riot area, we had to come out of pocket. We are still fighting to see if we are going to get reimbursed with our insurance company,” Wellman said.