Ohio police officer who fatally shot Black man, 47, did not turn bodycam on
The second fatal police shootout in just a month shocked the entire Columbus community.
The Ohio police officer who fatally shot and killed a 47-year-old black man was "released" in Columbus after it was discovered that he had not turned on his body camera during the incident.
The city's second fatal police shooting in just a month shocked the entire community.
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Mayor Andrew J. Ginther referred to the shooting on Twitter, calling the community "still raw and exhausted from the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and most recently Casey Goodson Jr. here in Columbus". (Photo by Kirk Irwin / Getty Images)
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther put it on Twitter.
"Our church is still raw and exhausted from the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and most recently Casey Goodson Jr. here in Columbus," he wrote.
"The officer concerned did not turn on his body-worn camera - which is unacceptable," tweeted Ginther. "The officer in question was released from duty and had to surrender his badge and weapon. Until the result of the criminal and internal investigations, his police powers were revoked."
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The shooting occurred early Tuesday morning at 1:37 a.m. when an unidentified man holding a cell phone in a friend's garage was shot dead by the also unnamed officer, who was part of a couple responding to a noise complaint. A neighbor called the police because the man was sitting in a car turning the engine of an SUV on and off.
The two officers responded to a "no-distress call" by not turning on the lights or sirens, which would have resulted in films being made within their patrol call.
The shooting is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
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A "review" function on the officer’s camera was automatically activated and provides 60 seconds of video without audio after the incident. The short video shows that there was "a delay in providing first aid to the man," according to the Columbus Police Department.
None of the officers who responded to the call turned on their body cameras, but only the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended.
That police shooting occurred less than three weeks after Franklin County's Deputy Sheriff Jason Meade fatally shot and killed 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr. This incident sparked protests against Columbus. An investigation into this killing has also started.
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"There are not enough words to express the pain and anger I feel that in less than a month another black man in our ward was killed by law enforcement," said Joyce Beatty, Congresswoman of Ohio, Columbus and Columbus Districts includes its suburbs, said in a statement on Tuesday. "Although we don't know all of the facts, I know this is not acceptable."
Beatty said she was "very concerned and questioning police procedures and the timing and inconsistent use of body cameras."
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Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan called the shooting "a tragedy on many levels".
"Our community deserves the facts," Quinlan said in a press release. "If there is evidence that laws or guidelines have been violated, the officers will be held accountable."
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