Officer who fatally shot unarmed Black man served with charges recommending his firing
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The trial for the sacking of a fatally shot Columbus police officer and an unarmed black man earlier this week officially began Thursday and could end as early as Monday.
Official Adam Coy received documents that document the administrative costs charged against him and a recommendation to resign, the city's Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
Chief Thomas Quinlan said in a statement that in an "accelerated investigation" he found enough evidence internally to uphold two departmental administration fees.
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An Adam Coy archive photo from 2003
Coy, 44, has been with the department for 19 years. He was one of two officers who responded to an emergency call about an SUV.
Coy and an officer who has not yet been identified arrived around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. About 10 seconds after meeting 47-year-old Andre Hill, who was in a garage and an expected guest at that house, Coy fired his service weapon several times.
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Neither Coy's nor the other officer's cameras were on at the time. The video footage released on Wednesday shows Coy turning on the camera nine seconds after the recording.
The cameras have a 60 second review function that records video but not audio, so the recording was recorded on video.
The administrative charges against Coy were upheld within three days of the shooting. Quinlan said he sidestepped a step that normally occurs in the process - a hearing with him.
The administrative costs relate to the "unreasonable use of force" by Coy, who did not turn on his body camera and did not provide assistance to Hill, who lay there for several minutes, before receiving help from other responders.
"I've seen everything I need to see to conclude that Officer Coy must be terminated immediately," Quinlan said. "We have an officer who has broken his oath to abide by the rules and guidelines of the Columbus Division of Police. The consequences of this violation are so great that immediate action is required. This violation has cost the life of an innocent man."
A hearing will be held in front of the city's Public Security Director, Ned Pettus, Monday morning so that Pettus hears evidence of Coy's resignation and evidence in defense of the officer.
Pettus is the only person in the city government with authority to fire an officer.
Mayor Andrew Ginther on Tuesday called for Coy to be suspended, including exemption from service, gun and badge, and called for his release on Wednesday. At least two city council members, including President Shannon Hardin, have called for Coy's arrest on criminal charges.
Quinlan said in a statement that he "spent every waking minute assessing the facts of this terrible shooting" and did not attend Ginther's two public press conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Dispatch could not reach Coy for comment. An attempt on Wednesday to contact him at his Union County home was unsuccessful because a sign reading "No Trespassing" was posted on the front door of the house.
Coy has been in trouble before. In 2012, he was given a 160-hour ban after banging the head of a driver he stopped for drunk driving into the hood of a car. The driver received $ 45,000 as part of a settlement.
Coy's personnel file also contains 90 civilian complaints, the most recent of which was dated in 2012.
Quinlan said in the statement that there is also an ongoing investigation into the actions of other officials who responded Tuesday morning, undoubtedly including the female officials. She also left Hill at the garage entrance while following Coy's instruction to "assist me," which means an officer comes and assists an officer involved in a traumatic event such as a shooting.
In the bodycam video, the policewoman also seems to get a tape at the crime scene while another rescue worker runs past Coy to the run-down hill.
Investigating the actions of other officials could lead to charges against these officials, the city statement said.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus officer who fatally shot Andre Hill, recommended for shooting
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