Adam Coy, a 17-year veteran, was fired from the Columbus, Ohio, police force after shooting Andre Hill, a black man.
A white Ohio police officer in the United States was fired Monday after body camera footage showed him fatally shooting Andre Hill, 47, a black man who held a cell phone and refused to give first aid for several minutes.
Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy was fired hours after a hearing was held to determine his employment, Columbus Director of Public Safety Ned Pettus Jr said in a statement.
“Adam Coy’s actions do not live up to a Columbus cop’s oath, or the standards that we and the community demand of our officers,” the statement said. “The Andre Hill shooting is a tragedy for all who loved him besides the community and our police division.”
Coy, a 17-year-old force member is still under criminal investigation for last week’s shooting. He was relieved of his duties, ordered to surrender his weapon and badge and was stripped of his police powers last week.
The decision came after Pettus concluded a hearing to determine whether the actions Coy took in the moments before and after Hill’s fatal shooting on Tuesday were justified.
The director of public safety upheld the recommendation from Police Chief Thomas Quinlan, who made a video statement on Christmas Eve, saying he saw enough to recommend Coy’s dismissal.
Quinlan expedited the investigation and bypassed the process to lay two ministerial charges alleging critical misconduct against Coy in Hill’s death.
“This is what accountability looks like. The evidence provided a strong justification for the dismissal, ”Quinlan said after Coy’s dismissal on Monday afternoon. “Mr. Coy will now have to respond to state investigators about André Hill’s death. “
Members of the local Fraternal Order of Police attended the hearing on behalf of Coy, who was not present, according to a statement from Pettus’ office.
“Officer Coy had the opportunity today to come and participate,” Brian Steel, vice president of the police union, told reporters on Monday. He chose not to participate. I don’t know why… I would have liked to have had him here, but it’s his decision.
Coy and another officer responded to a neighbor’s non-emergency call after 1 a.m. (0600 GMT) on Tuesday, December 22 about a car in front of his house in the northwest of the city that had been operating, then stopped, then turned around. back, according to a copy of the call released Wednesday.
Mayor Andrew Ginther said it was not clear if this car had anything to do with Hill.
Police body camera footage showed Hill walking out of a garage and holding a cell phone in his left hand seconds before being shot by Coy. There is no sound because the agent did not activate the body camera; an automatic “roll back” function captured the shot without audio.
An investigation is also underway into the other officers who responded to the call that ended up being shot in Hill, who Quinlan said also appeared to have failed to activate their body cameras or rescue Hill.
Officers should activate their body cameras as soon as they are assigned to a critical incident such as a shootout, robbery or burglary, in accordance with departmental policy. Quinlan said anyone else who violates departmental protocols will be held accountable.
It is #AndreHill.
André was shot by @ColumbusPolice, who were responding to a noise complaint.
André was holding a cell phone.
A human being, shot in 10 seconds.
– Be a king (@BerniceKing) December 27, 2020
Although Coy was sent on a non-urgent call, the call became law enforcement action when the officer interacted with Hill because it was separate from the original call, said the Police Department spokesperson Sergeant James Fuqua.
In addition to an internal police investigation, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost was appointed special prosecutor for Hill’s death on Thursday.
There’s also an investigation under the state’s Criminal Investigations Unit, under Yost, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI’s Civil Rights Division.