Hill, an unarmed black man, was killed by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio in December.
Columbus, Ohio will pay a $ 10 million settlement to the family of Andre Hill, a black man who was shot and killed by a white police officer in December as he walked out of a garage with a cell phone, announced Friday the lawyer for the city of Columbus.
It is the largest settlement of this kind in the history of the city.
Hill, 47, was shot dead by an officer Adam coy on December 22, as Hill emerged from a garage holding a cell phone. Coy was fired and pleaded not guilty to murder and reckless homicide.
“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,” Columbus City attorney Zach Klein said in a statement. .
As part of the settlement, a gymnasium frequented by Hill will be renamed the Andre Hill Gymnasium.
“We come here to applaud the leaders of the city by showing responsible leadership to say that Andre Hill’s life mattered. That his life mattered. And to send a message that we are better than that America, ”family lawyer Ben Crump said after the settlement was announced.
Hill was visiting a family friend when he was shot. Coy and another officer had responded to a neighbor’s non-emergency complaint about stopping and starting a car outside.
“He brought me Christmas money. He didn’t do anything, ”a woman inside the house then shouted to the police.
The shot was recorded by Coy’s body camera, but without sound as Coy had not activated the camera on what had started as a non-urgent call. A 60 second rollback feature on the camera captured the shot.
Coy, who had a long history of citizen complaints, was fired on December 28 for failing to activate his body camera and for failing to provide medical assistance to Hill. He was initially charged with dereliction of duty for not activating the camera, but those charges were dropped.
Coy’s attorneys successfully argued that the officer did not violate any obligations because he was on an elective run that did not require the cameras to be activated.
Beyond an internal police investigation, the Ohio Attorney General, the Central Ohio U.S. Attorney, and the FBI began their own investigations into the shooting.
After Hill’s death, Mayor Andrew Ginther expelled Police Chief Thomas Quinlan in January, saying he had lost confidence in the chief’s ability to make the necessary changes to the department.
The city is reducing its slate of candidates for the new leader, with an announcement expected by the end of the month. All of the candidates are external, with Ginther saying a foreigner was needed to implement sweeping cultural changes in the department.
Department is under control for recent fatal shootings of blacks by white officers, including the death of a 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant April 20. And earlier this month, a federal judge ordered the city to change the way it responds to mass protests, saying officers went wild during protests against racial injustice and police brutality last summer. .
Ginther and other officials invited the Department of Justice last month to review the agency for racial deficiencies and disparities in several areas.
The settlement announcement follows other large payments made in recent months by cities for the murder of blacks by white officers.
In March, the city of Minneapolis reached $ 27 million regulation with the family of George floyd before the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former white officer accused of Floyd’s death. Chauvin was condemned in April of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for about nine and a half minutes when Floyd said he could no longer breathe and had remained still.
In September, the city of Louisville, Kentucky, agreed to pay $ 12 million to Breonna Taylor’s family and reform police practices. Taylor was beaten down by agents acting on the basis of a strike ban.