/  02.05.2021

The former Columbus, Ohio officer who fatally shot Andre Hill pleaded not guilty to several charges, including murder, during his arraignment on Friday (Feb. 5).

According to CNN, Adam Coy entered his not guilty plea while appearing virtually for court. In addition to the murder charge, the ex-cop is also indicted on two counts of felony assault and two counts of dereliction of duty. The judge set his bond at $3 million.

On Dec. 22, Coy and another officer responded to a non-emergency call about a man who had been sitting in his vehicle for an extended period of time. The man was reportedly turning his engine on and off. The former officer confronted Hill, who was holding a cellphone and standing in his garage at the time, and within seconds, he fatally shot him.

Parts of the confrontation were caught on a “look back” feature on Coy’s body cam — although his camera had been turned off. Additional footage later showed that Coy had handcuffed Hill and left him. Neither of the officers rendered medical services to the victim as he laid dying on his garage floor.

Following the tragic shooting, Coy was terminated from the police department for his actions. “We have an officer who violated his oath to comply with the rules and policies of the Columbus Division of Police,” said Police Chief Thomas Quinlan in a statement. “And the consequences of that violation are so great, it requires immediate action. This violation cost an innocent man his life.”

On Feb. 3, a Franklin County jury indicted Coy on murder and other charges. Following the news of the indictment, Hill’s family released a statement expressing that the charges were a step in the right direction.

“It’s important to start holding these officers accountable for their bad actions and their bad acts,” the family’s lawyer said. “I think it will go a long way for one: the public to trust law enforcement; for two: to potentially change the behavior of officers and their interaction with individuals that shouldn’t be killed or should not endure excessive force.”


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