Coy’s expiration follows a disciplinary hearing held on Monday. The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police represented Coe during the hearing.
“The information, evidence and representations given by Chief (Thomas) Quinlan as investigator are indisputable to my view. His disciplinary recommendation is well supported and justified,” Pettus said. “Adam Coy’s actions do not live up to the vows of Columbus police officers, or standards, and we, and our officers.”
Coy shot Hill, who drove Black within a few seconds of his encounter, last Tuesday, as he had a lighted cell phone in his left hand while moving from Hill to Coy, which was released on last week’s show . Hill was unarmed.
Quinlan recommended firing Coe. Quinlan said in a statement on Monday that the evidence against Coe provided “solid arguments” for the termination.
“This is what accountability looks like,” Kuillen said, adding that Coe would now have to answer to state investigators about Hill’s death.
Quinlan calls for the firing of Coe as he shot Hill, but also that he did not activate the camera worn on his body when he answered the call or provided assistance after Hill’s shooting. After shooting, Coe turned on his camera, and the camera’s look-back feature turned it on before 60 seconds.
“The known facts do not establish that this use of deadly force was purposefully justified. You failed to extend aid,” Petes wrote in his ruling.
Pettus said additional allegations of misconduct with Coy and other Columbus police officers who were on the scene will continue to be investigated and duty will be in the midst of further action to use and render body-wear cameras to provide assistance. Columbus police have only released camera footage of Coe.
“Because of the cases I have encountered and the ability to protect the integrity and impartiality of that process, it is not appropriate for me to comment further,” Pettus said.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther praised the decision to fire Coe. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation of Ohio is also reviewing the case for possible criminal charges.
“Now we wait on the BCI investigation, a grand jury from the US Department of Justice and the presentation of evidence for possible federal charges. We expect transparency, accountability and justice. The family and the entire community deserve it,” Ginther said. .