A FORMER Columbus police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man who held a cell phone.
Adam Coy, who fatally shot Andre Hill in December, was arrested and charged with murder, felonious assault and two counts of dereliction of duty, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced on Wednesday.
Former police officer Adam Coy was charged with murderCredit: EPA
Body camera footage showed Adam Coy opening fire within seconds of encountering Andre Hill
Coy, a 19-year veteran of the force, approached Hill, 47, in a garage and shot him within seconds.
Yost’s office interviewed witnesses in the case, examined evidence and presented charges to a grand jury that indicted Coy, according to The New York Times.
“Truth is the best friend of justice, and the grand jury here found the truth,” Yost said.
“Andre Hill should not be dead.”
Andre Hill was holding a cell phone when he was shotCredit: Facebook
On December 22, Coy and another officer responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle.
Coy saw Hill, who was holding a cell phone, in a garage and fired shots within moments.
Hill died at a hospital less than an hour later.
Coy was fired a few weeks after the shooting, and arrested on Wednesday.
Two Columbus police officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle
The former police officer faces dereliction of duty charges because he did not turn his body camera on until after the shooting.
In addition, Coy did not tell the other officer who responded to the scene with him that he perceived Hill as a threat.
The body camera captured the shooting because it had a “look back” function that records 60 seconds immediately before it is activated.
However, the body cam did not record audio in the first minute because Coy had not activated it.
Andre Hill shortly after being shot at a hospital Credit: Facebook
Coy appeared to open fire within about six seconds of Hill appearing in the video.
Since audio was missing, it was not clear if Coy yelled any warnings or commands at Hill, whose right hand did not appear in the recording.
Once Coy activated the audio, he could be heard yelling expletives at Hill who was already lying on the garage floor.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said ‘Andre Hill should not be dead’Credit: AP:Associated Press
“Hands off to the side! Hands out to the side now!” Coy yelled.
A few seconds later, Coy continued: “Roll to your stomach now! Get your hand up from underneath you, now!”
Coy then told a dispatcher, “We got a medic coming,” and told Hill, “Don’t move, dude!” As he lay on the ground groaning.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Yost said that “the vast virtue of law enforcement is diminished by the very few bad actors among its ranks, and only by holding a bad actor accountable can that virtue be sustained.”
“Here’s what I mean in plain English: same rules for everybody,” he said.
Coy’s bail hearing is set for Thursday.