Columbus City Council passes police reform legislation named for man killed by police officer

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Columbus City Council voted Monday to pass legislation named after Andrè Hill, an unarmed man shot and killed by a now-former Columbus Police officer in December.

Council is increasing its reimagining public safety efforts because of what happened to Hill.

Police said officer Adam Coy’s body camera was not activated until after he shot Hill. Video from the camera shows Hill lying on the ground for several minutes before anyone helped him.

Coy was fired from the police department about one week after the shooting.

The legislation addresses both of those issues.

The legislation requires officers to activate their body cameras during any enforcement action or other situations as outlined in the Division of Police’s directives.

The legislation also requires officers to request EMS help when the use of force causes serious injury and requires officers themselves to render aid in certain situations.

The ordinance acknowledges there are Division of Police directives about this, but states, “The city has determined additional safeguards are necessary.”

“We are hopeful, even though it won’t bring Andrè back, that this law will prevent anybody from dying in the manner that Andrè Hill was killed,” said Ben Crump, the attorney representing the Hill family.

Hill’s daughter Karissa Hill spoke to council before the vote, thanking council members for taking this step, but also hopes more is done.

“Part of me wants to feel happy there’s a law for my dad and the other part of me wants to call my dad and tell him,” Karissa Hill said after the vote. “It’s just, it’s an emotional roller coaster that me and my family are going thorough.”

On one hand, Hill’s family is glad the legislation passed, but on the other, they wish it didn’t have to take their father and brother losing his life for the law to be created.

“Police officers have jobs and rules like we all do and they must be followed,” said Alvon Williams, Hill’s brother.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has said in the past he is in favor of Andrè’s Law. A spokesperson with Ginther’s office said it is likely the mayor will sign the bill this week, and once he signs it, it will go into effect immediately.

Council also approved funding for a police early warning system which is supposed to help supervisors identify troubling patterns in officers before behavior potentially turns into misconduct.

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