According to documents obtained by CBS News, an official who witnessed the fatal shooting of Andre Hill in Ohio told investigators that before Hill was killed, she did not see Hill as a threat. The Columbus Police Chief called the shooting “shocking” and recommended that he be fired.
The previously released body camera footage showed that Coe approached a 47-year-old black Hill while standing in the garage on December 22. Hill walked to Coe holding his mobile phone, and Coe opened fire within seconds. Hill fell to the ground as Coy yelled for him to stretch out his hands. The video did not show Coe providing any medical assistance to Hill, who was treated by a doctor a few minutes later. Hill was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The December 23 interview by police investigators with Officer Amy Detweiler was recorded in a summary obtained by CBS News on Tuesday, detailing the incident that led to the fatal shooting. Detweiler told investigators that she responded to the scene after receiving a report that someone turned on and off the SUV engine around 1:30 in the morning. She said that Coy, who was already on the scene, told her that Hill had parked the SUV and was walking into the garage. She said that she did not see any conversation between Coy and Hill.
Detweiler said that when she and Coy got into the garage, Hill stood inside without entering the house. She said that when Coy asked Hill to leave the garage in a “normal tone,” Hill did not respond verbally, but started to walk out.
According to the interview summary, Datwyler then told investigators that Hill walked towards her with a mobile phone in hand. The summary read: “She did not see any threats from Mr. Hill.” Tweler said, Hill then turned to Coy and put down his left hand. Ttwyler told investigators that she could not see his right side, but said she did not see the weapon.
Soon Datwyler said that she heard Coy yelling: “His other hand is holding a gun, and his other hand is holding a gun!” Then came gunfire. Detweiler did not provide any information about what happened after the shooting.
CBS News also obtained the Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan’s administrative investigation of Coy, which was sent to the city’s director of public safety as part of the recommendation for Coy’s dismissal. Quinlan pointed out in the report that Coe “was deeply troubled by the blasphemy because he realized that Mr. Hill was unarmed,” he said. After the shooting, Coe could hear Coe on his body camera. Yi is “unwell”.
However, Quinlan wrote: “The official Co’s use of force is objectively unreasonable. He did not use trained technology, did not use his Biological Weapons Convention correctly, and did not provide medical assistance.”
Quinlan added: “Due to negligence or negligence, the Koi officer’s handling of this game was not a “rookie” error, but the decision (sic) and the actions taken were reckless and deliberate.”
Quinlan said without going into details: “After these key incidents, I have responded to shooting scenes involving many officers and have talked with many officers. After this critical incident, the participation of officers was very different. It’s hard to describe this letter…”
Quinlan also included an excerpt from a letter he wrote when he was Koj’s patrol lieutenant in 2008, in which he wrote: “If continuous improvement cannot be fully achieved, a decision must be made whether the Koj officer can be saved If the above-mentioned interventions cannot be produced, the expected result is that it is necessary to move in the direction of dismissal, because the service of Koy officers in the police station will lose all future value. Quinlan did not elaborate on the letter that contributed to the 2008 letter. s reason.
Quinlan publicly announced his proposal and asked Coy to be fired on December 24. Public safety director Ned Pettus Jr. fired Koy after a hearing on Monday.
Peters said: “Adam Coy’s actions did not comply with the Columbus police officer’s oath, nor did it meet the requirements of us and the community for our police officers.” The representative of the police union said that Coy did not attend the hearing.
Benjamin Crump, a civil rights lawyer representing the Hill family, called the dismissal “the right decision.” He also issued a statement on Tuesday in response to Detweiler’s claim that Coy said Hill had a gun before shooting, and wrote: “The police’s rampant attitude towards blacks is to shoot first and then shoot. Asking questions, this is irrefutable evidence that black lives are not. It doesn’t matter to too many law enforcement officials.”
“Although the Koi officer swears to protect and defend, he tacitly violated another innocent black life. Forgetting the second amendment right, blacks do not even have the right to carry mobile phones without facing fatal danger,” Krup added. .
Although the administrative investigation into Coy has been resolved, several other investigations continue. The Ohio Criminal Investigation Bureau is investigating Hill’s death, and the preliminary autopsy report convicted him of homicide. Quinlan is still investigating the other personnel present because they did not turn on their body cameras or provide assistance to Hill.
The city’s assistant director of public safety said that while the investigation continued, De Willer had been transferred to an administrative position.
Cowie’s lawyer told CBS News that his team hopes that the Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Office of the Attorney General “can complete a fair and thorough investigation that will be transparent and subject to the legal principles outlined in the Supreme Court’s guidance and use of the Supreme Court And principles. Action by force.” Coy has not yet issued a public statement about the shooting.
Nathalie Nieves and Erica Scott contributed reports.