The police chief said that “very few” officials provided assistance before the medical staff arrived, while the mayor said he had “feared” before any official sought assistance.
Both departments have promised to take responsibility after a full investigation. The department released dozens of investigation materials (including body camera videos) on Thursday.
Chief Thomas Quinlan said that while responders did not use lethal force, “while waiting for medical personnel, few people have given first aid to Mr. Hill.”
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther responded to the Chief’s view in a statement: “I feel terrified for the time before any official provides assistance to Mr. Hill.”
He said: “Our personnel are trained to provide potentially life-saving care, at least in this case to provide comfort.”
Both parties said that one of the core values of the Columbus Police Department is “compassion,” but there is almost nothing shown in the video.
Hill’s family and their attorneys said that the internal camera footage further proved that his death was “unnecessary and unjustified”.
Kincer said that he has instructed the chief to “fully and thoroughly investigate the December 22 incident and be accountable to all personnel who fail to comply with departmental standards.”
Quinlan said: “We are investigating to find out who supports the policies and standards of the Columbus Police Department and who does not.”
CNN has contacted Coy’s lawyers on Thursday to comment on the mayor and police chief’s criticism.
Coy’s body camera did not capture audio because he did not activate the audio until after the shot. However, before Coy turns on the camera, the backtracking function can capture 60 seconds of video without audio.
Coy and another official were dispatched for harassing phone calls, asking someone to “continuously restart the gray SUV” and met Hill in the garage. According to her interview, both their guns were pulled apart and approached at an angle from opposite sides.
Koy asked Hill to leave the garage. Instead of responding verbally, Hill started to walk out of the garage.
Hill holds the phone in his left hand, but his right hand is “hidden behind his legs.” The release of the record is said to be that Hill put down his left hand before Coy shot him, but it is not clear from Coy’s video.
Quinlan said he has recently tightened his policy on body cameras and his responsibilities for first aid.
Quinlan said: “As a police chief, like a person, I was shaken by the events of last week and heartbroken to Andre Hill’s family.” “I will not tolerate these failures happening again. If officials fail, they will be held accountable.”
After the video was released, the family criticized the police’s response
Attorney Ben Crump addressed reporters after releasing the body camera footage, praising New York City’s efforts to increase transparency, but asked: “Where is Andre Hill’s humanity?
“What is Andre Hill’s crime?” Kramp said. “Is it because he is black, or for any reason, the American police shoot first and then ask questions?”
His family also reacted to the video tapes, saying that watching them is frightening.
Hill’s younger brother Alvin Williams said: “For this dying man, no one has any kind of human emotion or sympathy for the last breath.” “Then he was detained more severely than the animals in the cage. Not only for Columbus, Ohio, but I mean this is true for all police officers in this land.
The family also emphasized that they want to work hard to ensure that this does not happen again.
“We need to make a change,” Michelle Heston said. “Because no one should continue to experience this. We shouldn’t experience it over and over again. We need something to happen.”
Crupp also said that Andre Hill’s daughter Clarissa Hill is interested in enacting a law to force police to shoot or fire their body cameras.
The family described Hill as a kind person with various interests, including playing chess, cooking and helping his family with projects around the house.
CNN’s Peter Nickeas and Sonia Moghe contributed to this report.