Former Ohio Police Officer Charged with Murder of Andre Hill

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A former Ohio police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Black man while responding late last year to a noise complaint was indicted Wednesday on murder and other charges, reports the Washington Post. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R), who acted as the special prosecutor in the Hill case, said Coy was charged with murder in the commission of a felony, felonious assault and two counts of dereliction of duty. The two counts of dereliction of duty stem from Coy’s failing to turn on his body camera and failing to inform fellow officers that he thought Hill presented a danger. Coy, a 19-year veteran of the police department, was arrested Wednesday night at his attorney’s office and will enter a plea of not guilty. Citing a Supreme Court ruling in Graham v. Connor that officers can use force if they have an “objectively reasonable” belief of a threat, Collins said his client felt threatened by Hill because he mistook a silver key ring in Hill’s hand for a revolver.

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