The chief of the Ohio Police Department believes the cop who fatally shot Andre Maurice Hill should be terminated. Chief Thomas Quinlan released a video statement on Thursday (Dec. 24) informing viewers that Officer Adam Coy will be charged with critical misconduct — non criminal charges that will be applied to his employment record.
“Like all of you, I witnessed his critical misconduct firsthand via his body-worn camera,” Quinlan said in the video. “I have seen everything I need to see to reach the conclusion that Officer Coy must be terminated immediately. Some may call this a rush to judgment. It is not.”
“We have an officer who violated his oath to comply with the rules and policies of the Columbus Division of Police,” he continued. “And the consequences of that violation are so great, it requires immediate action. This violation cost an innocent man his life.”
As REVOLT previously reported, Coy arrived at Hill’s home with a partner after receiving calls of a noise complaint and noticed him standing in an open garage. After flashing their lights at him, Hill — who had his back turned when cops arrived — walked toward the cops and was shot within seconds. He was pronounced dead after responding officers at the scene failed to offer him any first aid assistance.
“I cannot fathom the pain Andre Hill’s family is feeling right now,” Quinlan added. “He was taken from them by violence. Preventable violence. Senseless violence. This didn’t have to happen, and it never should have.”
Coy— whose body camera wasn’t activated during the encounter with Hill — is reportedly on administrative leave as the Franklin County District Attorney’s office investigate his actions. Ned Pettus Jr. — the director of Ohio’s department of public safety — will determine whether or not he will be fired.