Coy’s termination came after a disciplinary hearing held on Monday. The local branch of the police order was represented by Brother Coy at the session.
“The information, evidence and representations that President (Thomas) Quinlan provided in his capacity as investigator is indisputable in my opinion. His disciplinary recommendations are well supported and appropriate,” Bettus said. “Adam Coy’s actions are not up to the standards of the Columbus Police Department, or the standards that we and the community require of our officers.”
Coye shot Hill, who was black, last Tuesday within seconds of confronting them, as Hill walked toward Coy with a lit cell phone in his left hand, showing body camera footage published last week. Hill was defenseless.
Quinlan recommended that Coy be shot. Quinlan said in a statement on Monday that the evidence against Coy provided “strong justification” for the termination.
“That’s what accountability looks like,” Quinlan said, adding that Coye would now have to respond to the state’s investigators about Hill’s death.
Quinlan sought to shoot from Coy because he had shot Hill, but also because he did not activate the body’s wearing camera when he responded to the call or provided assistance after Hill was shot. Coy turned his camera on after filming, and the look back feature caught the camera 60 seconds before Coy turned it on.
“The known facts do not prove that this use of lethal force was objectively reasonable. It failed to de-escalate and failed to provide assistance,” Bettus wrote in his ruling.
Additional allegations of misconduct in relation to Coy and other Columbus Police officers who were at Senbol will continue to be investigated, and the use of body-worn cameras and duty to assist will be among the measures under further review, Bettus said. Columbus Police released only Coy camera shots.
“Because of the possibility that these cases will be brought before me, and to protect the integrity and impartiality of this process and any future judgment, it is not appropriate for me to comment any longer,” Bettus said.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginter praised the decision to expel Coy. The Ohio Criminal Investigation Office is also reviewing the case for possible criminal charges.
“We are now awaiting the BCI investigation, the evidence being presented to a grand jury and possible federal charges from the US Department of Justice. We expect transparency, accountability and justice. The family and the entire community deserve it,” Ginter said. .