The chief of the Columbus Police Department in Ohio urged the immediate dismissal of a police officer because the officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in a footage of the body released earlier this week.
Police Chief Thomas Quinlan said in a statement on Thursday that he filed two departmental allegations, alleging serious misconduct against officer Adam Coy, and recommended that he maintain these in a prompt investigation. Dismissed after charges.
Human camera footage released by the department on Wednesday showed that Coy shot Andre Morris Hill fatally early on Tuesday morning.
It was visible when another official approached Hill̵
Quinlan said that he bypassed the typical procedure of the police chief’s hearing, which was to determine whether there was any wrongdoing or discipline by looking at the body camera footage.
“I have learned that I have come to the conclusion that everything about Officer Coy must be terminated immediately. Quilan said: “Some people may be eager to judge, not so. ”
“We have an officer who violated his oath to abide by the rules and policies of the Columbus Police Department. The consequences of this violation are so great that immediate action is required. This violation kills innocent people,” Quinlan added .
It’s Christmas Eve. Andre Hill’s family has nothing to celebrate this holiday. @Columbus Police Department is responsible for this. This is why I announced today that I would take action to terminate Officer Adam Coy. Video: https://t.co/weZJQXuTS9 pic.twitter.com/OkSct2EqXi
-Thomas Quinlan (@ChiefQuinlan) December 24, 2020
The Mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther (D), called on Coy to “dismiss immediately.”
According to the Associated Press, eight Democratic state legislators in the area issued a joint statement calling the killing “shocking.”
The lawmakers pointed out that Jason Meade, the deputy of the local sheriff, killed 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr. in an incident a few weeks ago. Protests.
The Associated Press stated that the Democratic Party said in a joint statement: “It is clear that the seeds of mutual mistrust between this community and the police have been sown. “This sense of mistrust not only stems from the deaths of Casey Goodson and Andre Hill, but also Every violent incident is intensifying. For the loss of life, there must be transparency and accountability, and a commitment to change. “
The Columbus dispatch report said that on Christmas Eve, crowds gathered in the hills near Columbus and were shot at protest, holding the “black living substance” sign.
The newspaper reported that more than 100 people gathered on Thursday for vigilance and protest.