Coy’s expiration follows a disciplinary hearing held on Monday. The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police represented Coe during the hearing.
“The information, evidence and representations given by Chief (Thomas) Quinlan as investigator are indisputable to my view. His disciplinary recommendation is well supported and justified,” Pettus said. “Adam Coy’s actions do not live up to the vows of Columbus police officers, or standards, and we, and our officers.”
Hill, who shot Black within a few seconds of his encounter, was shot by Coy last Tuesday as he had an illuminated cell phone in his left hand while walking from Hill to Coy, which was released on the show last week. Hill was unarmed.
Quinlan recommended firing Coe. Quinlan said in a statement on Monday that the evidence against Coe provided “solid arguments” for the termination.
“This is what accountability looks like,” Kuillen said, adding that Coe would now have to answer to state investigators about Hill’s death.
Quinlan demanded Coe’s firing because he shot Hill, but also because he did not activate the camera that corroded his body when Hill responded to the call or provided assistance after shooting. After shooting, Coe turned on his camera, and the camera’s look-back feature turned it on before 60 seconds.
“The known facts do not establish that this use of deadly force was purposefully justified. You failed to extend aid,” Petes wrote in his ruling.
Pettus said additional charges of misconduct with Coyle and other Columbus police officers who were on the scene will continue to be investigated and duty to proceed and use body-wear cameras to provide assistance amid further action . Columbus police have only released camera footage of Coe.
“Because of the cases I have encountered and the ability to protect the integrity and impartiality of that process, it is not appropriate for me to comment further,” Pettus said.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther praised the decision to fire Coe. The Criminal Investigation Bureau of Ohio is also reviewing the case for possible criminal charges.
“Now we wait on the BCI investigation, a grand jury from the US Department of Justice and the presentation of evidence for possible federal charges. We expect transparency, accountability and justice. The family and the entire community deserve it,” Ginther said. .
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