Columbus agrees to pay $ 10 million to family of unarmed black man, Andre Hill, killed by police
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The city of Columbus has agreed to pay $ 10 million to the family of Andre Hill, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by former police officer Adam Coy in December.
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 also agreed to rename the gymnasium inside the Brentnell Community Center, which Hill attended, the Andre Hill Gymnasium. This 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 very important place for their family,” Wright said. “It makes them very happy. “
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Hill, 47, was walking out of a garage at a home in northwest Columbus around 2 a.m. on December 22 when he was shot and killed at that time.Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy. Police had responded to a non-emergency disturbance call about a vehicle that had turned on and off.
Coy did not have his body camera on at the time of filming, however, camera captured video without audio shots fired. Body camera footage of responding officers more than 10 minutes have passed before Hill received medical help. He died about 30 minutes after the shooting in the hospital.
Coy was fired in the week following the shooting and has since been charged with murder, assault and reckless homicide. He remains free after posting a $ 1 million bond.
Wright said the Hill family were happy to have reached a resolution with the city, but were not satisfied.
“From their perspective, they still hope for justice,” Wright said. “A conviction. That’s what they’re waiting for.”
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said the city will modernize the body camera system used by Columbus police following the shooting.
The municipal council too adopted the “Law of André”, a set of orders requiring police to turn on body cameras and provide medical assistance until paramedics arrive at the scene. 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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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Death of Andre Hill: Columbus will pay his family $ 10 million for police shooting