Ex-Police Officer Charged With Murder in Columbus Shooting

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Ex-Police Officer Charged With Murder in Columbus Shooting

The Ohio attorney general announced charges against Adam Coy, a Columbus police officer when Andre Hill, a Black man, was fatally shot in December.

Today, the Franklin County grand jury indicted Mr. Coy on the following charges: murder in the commission of a felony, that felony being felonious assault; a separate charge of felonious assault; one count of dereliction of duty based on Mr. Coy’s failure to engage his body camera; and one count of dereliction of duty based on his failure to inform his fellow officer that he felt that Mr. Hill presented a danger. Law enforcement officers are held in a high regard because of their sacrifice, their courage, their service to our communities. They undertake the increasingly difficult and dangerous task of protecting our communities. But every person is responsible for and judged by his or her own actions. Neither guilt nor virtue may be inferred simply by association. The vast virtue of law enforcement is diminished by the very few bad actors among its ranks, and only by holding a bad actor accountable can that virtue be sustained. Here’s what I mean in plain English: same rules for everybody. Truth is the best friend of justice, and the grand jury here found the truth. Andre Hill should not be dead.

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