Uphill battle to convict cop who shot Andre Hill, data shows
Coy was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge by a Franklin County grand jury following an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General's office. Former Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge by a grand jury following an Ohio Attorney General's Office investigation. Only seven officers were convicted of murder, with others convicted of lesser charges such as involuntary manslaughter or reckless homicide, Stinson's data shows. Hill’s family welcomed Coy's indictment while acknowledging that a conviction on all four charges — murder, felonious assault and two counts of dereliction of duty — is what really matters. Additional bodycam footage showed two other Columbus officers roll Hill over, handcuff him, before leaving him alone again.
Activists: Next Columbus police chief must be an outsider
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Thomas Quinlan, chief of the Columbus Division of Police, speaks with the media at the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio – The next police chief of Columbus must come from outside the agency and through a national search, community activists critical of policing in Ohio's largest city insisted Friday. Former Chief Thomas Quinlan, demoted Thursday by Mayor Andrew Ginther, was a 30-year member of the agency and was unlikely to make the big changes needed because of his career there, the activists said. The next chief should be Black and preferably a woman, Jones said, saying she believes Black women can be transformative leaders by communicating effectively. Ginther, a Democrat, said a new national search will be conducted for the next chief, though activists note the last national search ended in an internal hire.
Ohio police chief forced out in wake of Andre Hill killing
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Thomas Quinlan, chief of the Columbus Division of Police, speaks with the media at the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission in Columbus, Ohio. Quinlan was forced out Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, after the mayor who hired him said he'd lost confidence in Quinlan's ability to make needed changes to the department, weeks after the police killing of Andre Hill. “It became clear to me that Chief Quinlan could not successfully implement the reform and change I expect and that the community demands," Ginther said in a statement. At the time, Ginther said Quinlan must address racism within the department’s ranks, including further diversifying the department. The Columbus Division of Police — like many big-city agencies — is juggling calls for internal change even as it battles unprecedented street violence.
White Ohio police officer fired in fatal shooting of Black man
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A white Ohio police officer was fired Monday after bodycam footage showed him fatally shooting 47-year-old Andre Hill — a Black man who was holding a cellphone — and failing to administer first aid for several minutes. Columbus police officer Adam Coy was fired hours after a hearing was held to determine his employment, Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. said in a statement. “The shooting of Andre Hill is a tragedy for all who loved him in addition to the community and our Division of Police.”Coy remains under criminal investigation for last week's shooting. The evidence provided solid rationale for termination,” Quinlan said after Coy's termination Monday afternoon. “Officer Coy was given the opportunity today to come and participate,” Brian Steel, vice president of the police union, told reporters Monday.
U.S. marshal calls his post-shooting remarks 'premature'
Protesters hold signs spelling the name of Casey Goodson Jr., a Black man fatally shot Dec. 4 by a white Ohio sheriff's deputy, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Marshal Peter Tobin said he made statements based on “insufficient information” he received before the beginning of an official investigation into the Dec. 4 killing of Casey Goodson J r. by a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy. Messages were left for Meade's attorney and for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. Hundreds walked from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office south of downtown to the Statehouse and a few blocks north Friday night. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office does not provide officers with body cameras, and the deputy’s SWAT vehicle did not have a dash-mounted camera.