The Ohio capital agreed to pay a $ 10 million settlement to the family of Andre Hill, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a white Columbus cop as he walked out of a garage holding a mobile phone.
The settlement, which was announced Friday, will be the largest of its kind in Columbus history. Columbus city council is expected to vote on Monday.
Hill, 47, was fatally shot by Constable Adam Coy on December 22, 2020. Coy, a 19-year-old force officer, was fired and pleaded not guilty to murder, criminal assault and d reckless homicide.
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The Ohio capital has agreed to pay Andre Hill’s family a $ 10 million settlement, the largest of its kind in the city’s history, resulting from his murder in December 2020 at the hands of the police officer in Columbus Adam Coy: Pictured: Lawyer Benjamin Crump, left, discusses the police shoot alongside Hill’s daughter Karissa, center, and sister Shawna Barnett, December 31, 2020
Coy (left) was fired and pleaded not guilty to murder, criminal assault and reckless homicide. Hill, 47 (right), was unarmed when he was shot
“ We understand that due to the actions of this former officer, the Hill family will never be whole, ” Columbus City attorney Zach Klein said in a statement. “ No amount of money will ever bring Andre Hill back to his family, but we believe it is an important and necessary step in the right direction. ”
As part of the settlement, a gymnasium frequented by Hill will be renamed the Andre Hill Gymnasium.
Lawyers representing Hill’s family praised the settlement and the gym’s name change, saying in a statement: ‘Now everyone involved can begin to heal. ”
Hill was visiting a family friend when he was shot shortly before 2 a.m. Coy and another officer had responded to a neighbor’s non-emergency complaint about stopping and starting a car outside.
“He brought me Christmas money. He didn’t do anything, ”a woman inside the house then shouted to the police.
Hill walked out of a friend’s garage and was holding his cell phone when he was killed
According to published bodycam footage (above), cops offered no first aid despite Hill barely moving, moaning and bleeding as he lay on the garage floor
Bodycam footage showed it only took Coy six seconds to open fire.
The footage has no audio because Coy only turned on his camera after shooting Hill.
Police say this triggered a “rollback” feature on the camera which captures the image but not the sound.
Coy, pictured in his snap, had a long history of citizen complaints during his 19 years in the force
The video shows Coy turning on a flashlight at Hill as he exits the garage holding a cell phone in his hand and begins to walk towards the officer and his partner.
In the moments that followed Hill was fatally shot, additional body camera footage shows two other Columbus officers rolling Hill and handcuffs him before leaving him alone again.
None of them, according to the footage released, offered first aid even though Hill was barely moving, moaning and bleeding as he lay on the garage floor.
Hill was rushed to Riverside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Coy, who had a long history of citizen complaints, was fired on December 28 for failing to activate his body camera prior to the confrontation and for failing to provide medical assistance to Hill.
Coy’s attorney previously said his client “ honestly believed he saw a silver gun climb into the individual’s right hand. ” No firearms were found at the scene.
Beyond an internal police investigation, the Attorney General of Ohio, United States. the attorney for central Ohio and the FBI have started their own investigations into the shooting.
Coy’s attorney said he ‘honestly believed’ Hill had a silver pistol in his right hand