Body camera footage shows a black man emerging from a garage and holding a cellphone in his left hand seconds before he is shot by a Columbus police officer.
A time of about six seconds between 47-year-old Andre Hill appears in the video and when the officer fires his weapon. There is no audio as the officer did not activate the body camera, but an automatic “look back” feature captured the shooting on Tuesday morning.
Without audio it is unclear whether the officer, identified as Adam Coy, shouts any command at Hill, whose right hand does not appear in the video. Officials say no weapons were recovered from the scene. The city has said that Hill went to meet someone at that time.
Hill lay on the floor of the garage for several minutes without an officer on the scene coming to his aid. Officers who violate this policy are required to help the injured, with Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther saying Wednesday that the cuckoo will be fired as a result.
Ginther said that Coe has also violated departmental policies requiring the full video and audio functions of his camera to be activated.
Democrat Democrat Ginther said Columbus police values, including integrity, compassion and accountability “were absent and not on display while Mr. Hill was dying”.
As he screams on the hill, Coy uses an audio he hears as an expletive, now lying on the floor of the garage, to put his hands to the side! Now hand out! “
A few seconds later Coy yells at Hill: “Now roll on your belly,” and then, “Put your hand above your bottom, now!”
Coy then asks a dispatcher: “We got a medicine” and yells, “Don’t move, man!” She is lying on her side as Hill.
Hill died in a hospital an hour later.
Ginther and the chief of police, Thomas Quinlan, have expressed anger that Coy had not activated his body camera before. The 60-second look-back feature captured the shooting.
Officers should activate their body cameras as soon as they are sent under departmental policy for major incidents like shooting, robbery or theft.
Beyond that the authorities must, according to the policy, turn on the cameras “at the beginning of enforcement action or at the first reasonable opportunity to do so”.
Police Department spokesman James Fuka said that although Coe was dispatched on a non-emergency call, it became an enforcement action when the officer negotiated with Hill, as it was different from the original call.
“So the camera should have been activated by the policy,” he said.
Coe, a 17-year member of the force, was released from duty, ordered to turn on his gun and badge, and stripped of police authority. The officer will still be paid by union contract.
It is common in Columbus to relieve an officer after a shooting.
“The chief of police in this case directly considered what he considered a potentially significant misconduct and intervened to relieve him of duty until a disciplinary investigation was completed,” said Glenn McEntrey, spokesman for the city Department of Public Safety. , Which oversees the police.
City Public Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. on Wednesday promised a “fair, impartial hearing” for Coy.
Authorities responded to a neighbor’s non-emergency call about 1.26 a.m. in a car in front of his house, then stopped, then drove back, according to a copy of the call issued on Wednesday. Ginther said it was unclear whether the car had anything to do with Hill.
The Republican Attorney General, Dave Yost, on Wednesday promised a “full, independent and expert investigation” of the shooting.
“We now have an incomplete record. We must allow records to be completed and evidence collected. “Only truth – absolute truth and nothing else – will result in justice.”
The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in May caused waves of protest across America and around the world.