US policeman Adam Coy shot a black man. At least he’s out of his job now.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, 45, said on Twitter as a result of the controversial police operation in the US state of Ohio that Coy had been fired for using excessive force, not turning on his body camera and not helping the dying person.
The police in Columbus were called to a garage by a local resident last week. When the 47-year-old Andre Hill approached her shortly after the officers arrived, Coy is said to have shot him.
The seriously injured Hill died in the hospital. Police said he had a cell phone in his left hand when he met the police officers. The right hand was not visible. The police did not find a weapon at the scene.
Police Chief Thomas Quinlan said the evidence provided a clear basis for the police officer’s dismissal. This must now face the investigators’ questions. The head of the agency had already found clear words shortly after the controversial operation: the official’s violation of the agency’s rules cost an innocent man’s life. Coy is white.
Police violence against blacks has repeatedly sparked violent protests in the United States this year. The best-known victim was the African American George Floyd († 46), who was killed in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis in the US state of Minnesota at the end of May. Under the motto “Black Lives Matter”, there were mass demonstrations against police violence and racism for months in the USA.