A former Ohio police officer was charged with the murder of Andre Maurice Hill, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot in December, the state’s lawyer basic introduced Wednesday.
A grand jury in Franklin County indicted ex-Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy on a murder cost after an investigation by the Ohio Lawyer Common’s workplace revealed he failed to make use of his physique digital camera in the course of the Dec. 22 encounter with Hill.
The ex-cop was arrested Wednesday night and has a court docket look the following day.
Coy gunned down 47-year-old Hill after responding to a name that an individual in a automotive had been turning the engine on and off.
Hill, who had been inside a storage, approached him and different officers whereas holding a cellphone in his left hand.
Coy — who’s white — then fired at Hill pondering he had a gun, however no weapon was recovered from the scene, authorities mentioned.
The 19-year veteran was fired on Dec. 28 for failing to activate his physique digital camera’s audio in the course of the incident and for not offering Hill with medical consideration.
Michael Wright, an lawyer representing Hill’s household, advised The Columbus Dispatch that they’re grateful the Lawyer Common Dave Yost took motion.
“We’re pleased that this has occurred, however this can be a first step. We wish the officer to be convicted, we wish him to be incarcerated,” the lawyer mentioned. “The household is pleased and so they’re cautiously optimistic that officer Coy should pay the value and be convicted for the killing of Andre Hill.”
Lawyer Mark Collins advised the Dispatch Coy wasn’t stunned by the indictment, and the police union representing Columbus law enforcement officials mentioned it’s going to see how the case performs out.
With Put up wires