COLUMBUS, Ohio – The city of Columbus has agreed to pay the family of Andre Hill, an unarmed black man gunned down by former police officer Adam Coy in December, $ 10 million.
City attorney Zach Klein announced the settlement – the largest in city history – with Andre Hill’s family in a press release Friday afternoon.
“We understand that because of the actions of this former officer, the Hill family will never be whole,” Klein said. “No amount of money will ever bring Andre Hill back to his family, but we believe this is an important and necessary step in the right direction.”
The city has also agreed to rename the gymnasium inside the Brentnell Community Center, frequented by Hill, the Andre Hill Gymnasium, and the name change will take place by the end of 2021.
Michael Wright, an attorney for Hill’s family, said renaming the gym in Hill’s honor was “very important” to his family.
“It was a place he spent a lot of time and a place that was very meaningful to their family,” Wright said. “Having done this makes them very happy.”
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Hill, 47, was walking out of a garage at a house in northwest Columbus around 2 a.m. on December 22 when he was shot and killed by policeman Adam Coy, then in Columbus. Police responded to a non-emergency call about starting and stopping a vehicle.
Coy did not have his body camera turned on at the time of the shooting, however, the camera captured video without audio of the shots. Body camera images from responding officers showed that more than 10 minutes had passed before Hill received medical assistance. He died about 30 minutes after the shooting in the hospital.
Coy was fired less than a week after the shooting and has since been charged with murder, felony assault and reckless manslaughter. He remains free after depositing a $ 1 million bond.
Wright said the Hill family were happy to have found a solution with the city, but were not happy.
“From their perspective, they still hope that justice will be done,” Wright said. “A conviction. That’s what they’re waiting for.”
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said the city will upgrade the body camera system used by Columbus police following the shooting.
The city council also passed “André’s Law”, a set of ordinances requiring police to have their body cameras and provide medical assistance until paramedics arrive. Officers can be criminally charged if they fail to do so.
The by-law will have to be approved by the municipal council.
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