Officer and Andre Hill Interacted Before Shooting – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The former cop, who is accused of killing Andre Hill, interacted “two or three times” with Hill before the shooting and was concerned he was a burglar, the cop’s attorney said Friday when he never met his client previously heard details about the night defended of the fatal shooting.
The comments on behalf of the now-dismissed Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy came after a judge placed an unusually high bail of $ 3 million on the ex-officer and Coy pleaded not guilty of murder and other charges.
The officer’s attorney, Mark Collins, said the white officer and Hill, a black man, had the interactions before Coy shot the 47-year-old as he walked out of a garage holding a cellphone with his left hand and right hand not visible.
The alleged details were not disclosed in information released by the Columbus Police Department and the Ohio Attorney General since the December 22 shooting. Collins said state detectives interviewed Coy shortly after the shooting, and the transcripts of that interview will only be released now as there has been an indictment on the case.
“In our conversations with our client, we had a schedule for what would happen and it was confirmed,” Collins told reporters outside the courtroom on Friday.
According to Collins, the timeline is that Coy arrived in the northwestern Columbus neighborhood, where the 911 call was made through someone turning his car on and off after 1 a.m. The first interaction between the two men took place while Hill was in his car, Collins said. Coy gave Hill a verbal command to which he didn’t respond, Collins said.
There were two more interactions between the two men before Coy can be seen on Hill’s bodycam footage. When asked why Coy never turned on his body camera during these interactions, Collins said it was because Coy was investigating what he thought was a possible break-in at the time.
The footage, released a few days after the shooting, showed one of the residents of the house Hill was visiting that night, telling officials that Hill was a friend who had come to pay Christmas bonuses.
With regard to the $ 3 million bail, Collins plans to call the judge for a re-examination and says the amount is inadequate compared to the bail set in the case of other police killings last year.
“Even the officer in the George Floyd case received a $ 1 million loan, and this case is in no way, form, or form,” Collins said after the hearing. “Our customer had a good basis to believe the person had a silver revolver and he responded. He did everything that was asked of him. And that $ 3 million bond is exactly what we think is inappropriate. “
A $ 3 million bond seems unusually high compared to most Ohio homicide bonds, which are usually set at $ 1 million, said Ric Simmons, a law professor at Ohio State University. Factors like the danger a defendant poses to the community or the fact that they failed to appear in court could lead to higher bonds, he said.
In Coy’s case, he has no criminal record, has lived in Ohio for most of his life and has not escaped despite knowing for weeks that charges were likely to come, Simmons said.
“Although he has been charged several times as a police officer with inappropriate violence against him, there is nothing in his records that makes him appear dangerous to others because he is no longer active and has presumably surrendered all firearms,” said he
Coy was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday after the Ohio Attorney General’s office conducted a month-long investigation into the fatal shootout.
Franklin County Court Judge Elizabeta Saken suspended the bond after Collins unsuccessfully pleaded for a bond between $ 25,000 and $ 250,000.
The Ohio Attorney General, who is prosecuting Coy, argued the high tie was necessary given the facts. Saken also ordered Coy not to have any contact with any witnesses, including other police officers, in the case. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost, the chief law enforcement officer in Ohio, said he was happy with the loan.
Charges against Coy, a 19-year-old member of the force, include not using his body camera and not reporting to another officer who he believed Hill posed a threat.
As Hill’s family welcomed the news of Coy’s indictment, data and experts show that Yost and the law enforcement team will face an uphill battle to reach a conviction.
Only 46% of on-duty police shootings that have been charged with murder or manslaughter in the past 16 years have been convicted, according to Philip Stinson, professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
The overall murder conviction rate among the general population is around 70%, according to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Collins, Coy’s attorney, has already signaled a possible defense for her case. On Wednesday, he said Coy would fight the charges on the basis of the case law of the US Supreme Court examining such use of force through the eyes of a “reasonable policeman.”
Collins added that up to this point his client had worked fully with investigators and “honestly believed that he saw a silver revolver in the individual’s right hand”.
Farnoush Amiri is a corps member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a not-for-profit national service program in which journalists report undercover issues to local newsrooms.