Ohio Mayor Urges Firing Of Cop Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Man

By Nina Golgowski
Andre Maurice Hill was the sec­ond Black man killed by law enforce­ment this month in the state cap­i­tal of Columbus.

A police offi­cer has been relieved from duty after author­i­ties in Columbus, Ohio, say he fatal­ly shot an unarmed Black man, the sec­ond dead­ly police shoot­ing of a Black man in the city this month. Officer Adam Coy was respond­ing to a non-emer­gency call of some­one repeat­ed­ly turn­ing on and off their vehi­cle in a neigh­bor­hood ear­ly Tuesday morn­ing when he shot 47-year-old Andre Maurice Hill who had walked out of a home’s garage while car­ry­ing a cell phone, police said.
“Mr. Hill was known to the res­i­dents at the home,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said at a press con­fer­ence Wednesday. “He was expect­ed. He was not an intrud­er, he had not com­mit­ted any crimes.” Ginther said Coy should imme­di­ate­ly be fired from the police department.

Coy was with anoth­er offi­cer at the time of the shoot­ing, but nei­ther had their body-worn cam­eras turned on. Seconds after Hill was shot, both offi­cers turned on their cam­eras but they failed to ren­der first aid or com­fort Hill as he lay dying, Ginther said. Because the cam­eras fea­ture a 60-sec­ond “look back” func­tion, the shoot­ing was caught on video though no audio was obtained, the police depart­ment said.
Ginther blast­ed the offi­cers’ actions and described him­self as deeply dis­turbed by their appar­ent lack of com­pas­sion for Hill in the moments after the shoot­ing. “There were lit­er­al­ly no attempts to ren­der aid to this man who had com­mit­ted no crime. That is a stun­ning dis­re­gard for life and in this case Black life. That is unac­cept­able,” Ginther said. “It is an officer’s duty to not only sum­mon a medic but to ren­der aid. … We are bet­ter than this and we must make sure that every­one is safe.”

Goodson, 23, was shot mul­ti­ple times by a sheriff’s deputy on Dec. 4 as he was about to enter his home, his fam­i­ly has said. It remains unclear what led to the shooting.

Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan, who has called Hill’s death a tragedy, crit­i­cized the offi­cers’ fail­ure to acti­vate their cam­eras pri­or to the shoot­ing. The depart­ment has “invest­ed mil­lions of dol­lars in these cam­eras for the express pur­pose of cre­at­ing a video and audio record of these kinds of encoun­ters,” he said in a state­ment Tuesday. “They pro­vide trans­paren­cy and account­abil­i­ty, and pro­tect the pub­lic, as well as offi­cers, when the facts are in ques­tion.” Quinlan said he ordered Coy to turn in his badge and gun pend­ing the out­come of an inter­nal and crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion, which will be con­duct­ed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Ginther said that he has asked that the inves­ti­ga­tion also exam­ine whether Hill’s civ­il rights were vio­lat­ed. Coy, a 19-year vet­er­an of the police force, has a his­to­ry of com­plaints of exces­sive force, includ­ing nine filed against him in 2003. Of those com­plaints, four took place in a one-month peri­od, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
In 2012, one such com­plaint led to the city pay­ing a $45,000 set­tle­ment. This fol­lowed Coy repeat­ed­ly bang­ing the head of a drunk dri­ving sus­pect on the hood of a car dur­ing the man’s arrest. Coy was sus­pend­ed 160 hours for that inci­dent, accord­ing to the Dispatch.
This week’s shoot­ing comes a lit­tle more than two weeks after Columbus police respond­ed to the fatal shoot­ing of 23-year-old Casey Goodson by a Franklin County sher­iffs’ deputy.

Goodson, who was also Black, was return­ing to his home from a den­tist appoint­ment with Subway sand­wich­es for mem­bers of his fam­i­ly, includ­ing his grand­moth­er, when he was gunned down on the doorstep, an attor­ney rep­re­sent­ing his rel­a­tives said. The deputy, iden­ti­fied as Jason Meade, had been search­ing the area for “vio­lent offend­ers” with a U.S. Marshals task force when he report­ed see­ing a man with a gun. It’s not clear what led Meade to open fire, how­ev­er. He was not wear­ing a body cam­era and no wit­ness­es to the shoot­ing have come for­ward, author­i­ties said.
Goodson had a car­ry per­mit hold­er and was legal­ly armed at the time of the shoot­ing, police said. He was not sus­pect­ed of hav­ing com­mit­ted any crimes.