An Ohio police chief has recommended the firing of a Columbus officer who badly shot 47-year-old black man Andre Maurice Hill early Tuesday.
Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan said Thursday that the department made two charges alleging significant misconduct by Officer Adam Coe, paid to a 19-year-old veteran of the force who was placed on administrative leave. The charges are not criminal in nature and only apply to Coe’s employment review.
“I was the first witness of his significant misconduct through my body-worn camera. “I need to see everything I have to see to get to the conclusion that Officer Coy should be terminated immediately,” Quinnan said in a Christmas Eve video statement. “This violation cost an innocent person his life.”
Quinlane said the officers who are charged usually go through a hearing before determining any wrongdoing or discipline, but the seriousness of Coy’s actions dominates that move.
Ned Pettus Jr., director of the state’s Department of Public Safety, will make a final call Monday regarding the recommendation to terminate the chief of police, according to Quinlan.
The announcement came shortly after Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien was dismissed. In Hill’s case, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost was hired as special prosecutor – a day later when body camera footage of the fatal encounter was released, and protesters demand justice outside the home the same day Hill was killed. was given.
O’Brien, a Republican who has held the position since 1997, lost re-election in November to Gary Tyk, a Democrat who is scheduled to assume office in 2021.
The Fraternal Order of Police, a union representing Columbus officers, released a statement Thursday, stating that until the shooting is complete, stay calm. Although the statement did not mention the name Coe, it said that “every citizen, including officers, is entitled to due process.”
Police said Hill was standing in an open garage in a house where he was a guest at around 1:30 pm on Tuesday.
The body camera video shows Coyle using his flashlight as he and another officer walked up the hill to the driveway. Hill can be seen walking towards the officers with a cellphone in his left hand when Coe fired.
Hill’s right hand could not be clearly seen, but police said no weapons were found at the scene.
The video later showed Hill giving medical aid for several minutes on the ground without any officer’s assistance.
Mayor Andrew Ginther of Columbus on Wednesday called for Coy’s firing for not turning on his body camera and not offering immediate medical help, calling the fatal shooting a “surprising disregard for life”.
Yast’s office, which also oversees the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, is leading the investigation into Hill’s death.
Quinlan extended his condolences to Hill’s family.
“I cannot feel the pain that Andre Hill’s family is feeling right now. Taken from them by violence. Malicious violence. Violent violence, ”he said. “It was not to be, and it should never be.”