An Ohio grand jury has indicted former Columbus police officer Adam Coy in the shooting death of Andre Hill, an unarmed Black man.
Coy, who was fired after the December shooting of Hill, 47, was charged with one count of murder, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Wednesday night at a virtual news conference.
“(Police) undertake the increasingly difficult and dangerous task of protecting our communities, but every person is responsible for and judged by his or her own actions,” Yost said. “Neither guilt nor virtue may be assumed by association.
“The grand jury found the truth: Andre Hill should not be dead.”
Coy, who is white, responded with another officer on Dec. 22 to a nonemergency disturbance call about a parked SUV that had been running on and off for a period of time. Hill was inside a garage and an expected guest at that home. About 10 seconds after encountering him, Coy fired his service weapon at Hill multiple times.
Columbus police archive photo of former officer Adam Coy from 2003.
Neither Coy nor the other officer turned on their body cameras until after the shooting. Because of a “look-back” feature on the cameras that records the 60 seconds before they are turned on, the shooting itself was captured on video, with no audio.
The video shows officers getting out of their cruisers and walking up the driveway to the open garage door at the home. Hill has his back turned to officers. He turns around and takes four steps toward the officers with his…