Body cameras show police officers failing to aid Andre Hill for minutes after he was shot

Attorney Michael Wright speaks as Ben Crump comforts Andre Hill's daughter, Karissa Hill, while a statement made by Columbus Chief of Police Thomas Quinlan in reference to complaints about police officer Adam Coy is held up during a press conference on Thursday.

Multiple officers hung crime scene tape, searched for shell casings and shined flashlights into a garage last week as the minutes ticked by and Andre Hill lay on the ground, unassisted by police for more than 10 minutes after he was shot by an officer responding to a non-emergency call, new body camera footage shows.

More than a dozen new videos were released Thursday by the Columbus Division of Police, including bodycam footage from responding officer Amy Detweiler and others who arrived after Officer Adam Coy shot Hill, 47. 

The videos brought outrage from the family of Hill, who has been described as a great friend always willing to lend a helping hand. 

“Where is the humanity for Andre Hill?” Ben Crump, an attorney for Hill’s family, said Thursday at a conference center near Eastland Mall. “Where is the humanity for this Columbus citizen who committed no crime?”

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Hill’s family called for Coy’s arrest and conviction. Coy was terminated from the Columbus Division of Police earlier this week 

“What this family wants is for Coy to be arrested and indicted, prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated,” said Michael Wright, a lawyer for the family.

Footage from the body camera of Detweiler, who responded with Coy to the call last week, shows Coy rolling Hill over on the ground, moments after shots were fired. The two officers had arrived around 1:50 a.m. on Dec. 22 at a home on Oberlin Drive on the Northwest Side.  About 10 seconds after encountering Hill, who was inside a garage and an invited guest at the home, Coy fired his service weapon multiple times. 

Like Coy’s body camera footage, the first minute of Detweiler’s video does not have audio. Police have said body cameras include a “look-back” feature that captures 60 seconds before the camera was turned on, but does not capture audio.

Less than a minute after Detweiler turned her camera on, a woman is seen emerging from the front door of the home. 

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“He was bringing me Christmas money!” the woman shouted. “He didn’t do anything!”

At that point, Detweiler can be heard instructing the woman to stay inside.

At least five minutes after the shooting, an officer standing over Hill can be heard on Detweiler’s body camera footage, saying “Let’s cuff him up. He’s still moving.”  

Detweiler’s body camera footage then shows two officers rolling Hill over on his stomach, and Detweiler helps handcuff him. 

After Hill was handcuffed, another body camera video shows an officer standing near Hill's feet for more than seven minutes, with no one administering aid. 

Then, as several officers stand around and others walk around to look for casings, another officer approaches and says, "Isn't anybody doing anything for him?"

The officer at Hill's feet replies, "Negative, sir, we've contacted medics."

The officer who inquired then instructs another officer to do chest compressions. The officer's camera is blurred during this time, but he appears to pump Hill's chest for two to three minutes until medics arrive. 

As the officer is doing chest compressions, someone also asks whether a weapon was found, and an officer replies "Negative. I didn't find anything on him, sir."

Another officer then tells everyone to turn their cameras off and the footage ends.

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The body camera footage is not time-stamped, so it is not immediately clear when, exactly, events from all the responding officers' cameras took place. 

At least 10 minutes after the shooting, after Detweiler has cordoned off the scene with crime tape, she can be heard asking about a medic.

"Where's the medic?" she said. "For the love ... "

When the ambulance arrived, approximately 15 minutes after the shooting, an officer was still doing chest compressions on Hill. A medic asks how long the officer had been doing compressions, to which the officer said a couple of minutes. The medic then instructed someone to swap in, and another officer stepped in and starts compressions.

As Hill was left without medical aid, the videos show numerous officers asking if Coy and Detweiler are all right. 

During the 12½ minutes following the shooting, at least three officers can be heard asking Detweiler whether she is OK. 

Officer Jared Barsotti, who appeared to give the command to cuff Hill, afterward walks back down to Coy, checks to make sure Coy is OK, and gets him a water.

"I can get you whatever you want, Bub," Barsotti tells Coy.

Then, he tries to get Coy to leave his cruiser and head further down the street away from the shooting scene. Coy refuses.

At the end of the clip, a sergeant walks down the street and as he approaches, Barsotti asks for permission to shut his body camera off.

"I want to get your blessing to shut this off," he asks as the men walk toward each other.

The sergeant replies, "Get it off, man."

Then the clip ends. 

In written statements Thursday following the release of the additional body camera footage, the mayor and police chief said they were horrified and disappointed by the footage. 

“Like most who have watched the additional body-worn camera footage from the shooting of Andre Hill and the time following, I am horrified by the time that passed before any officer provided aid to Mr. Hill," Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said. "Our officers are trained to provide potentially life-saving care, and at the very least, comfort in these situations."

Ginther said he has instructed Police Chief Thomas Quinlan to "investigate the events of Dec. 22 completely and thoroughly, and to hold all officers who failed to uphold Division standards accountable." 

The footage also will be shared with the Ohio Attorney General's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is conducting a criminal investigation into the matter, Ginther said. 

In a written statement Thursday, Quinlan said his reaction to the newly released videos was "anger and deep disappointment."

"There were many other officers who responded to the scene. None of them used deadly force. But as seen in these videos, few of them rendered first aid to Mr. Hill as they waited for a medic," Quinlan said. "We are investigating, to get to the bottom of who upheld the policies and standards of the Columbus Division of Police, and who did not."

Detweiler told police internal affairs investigators that Coy said Hill "has a gun in his other hand" right before he fired shots. Hill did not have a gun and no weapons were recovered from the scene. 

Detweiler also told investigators that she did not observe threats from Hill, and did not observe a weapon.

Though Hill is not visible for the entirety of Detweiler's body camera video, the footage shows more than half a dozen officers near the garage and driveway of the home at least 12 minutes after the shooting, none of whom were administering aid to Hill at that time. 

Ben Crump and family members of Andre Hill, an unarmed Black man who was shot by Columbus police officer Adam Coy early on Dec. 22nd, 2020, speak at a press conferece at the Beza Community Center on the East side of Columbus, Oh. on December 31, 2020.

Crump, the lawyer for the Hill family, said Hill was shot four times after a resident called about a running car, a non-criminal call. And then, officers did not immediately assist him, he said. 

“He was lying on the ground while people were walking all around him,” Crump said.

Hill’s 27-year-old–daughter, Karissa Hill, said that if a Black man shot a white man like Coy shot Hill, that person would be in jail.

“I don’t feel safe in Columbus. The community doesn’t feel safe in Columbus. It’s just disgusting what they did to my dad,” she said.

Hill’s sister, Shawna Barnett, said, “I’m completely outraged. My brother was the most non-violent people you could ever meet.”

Alvon Williams, Hill’s brother, called what happened heartless, vicious and uncaring.

He said to Columbus police and departments across the country, “Your hunting season is over.”

Attorney Ben Crump, right, stands next to Andre Hill's daughter, Karissa Hill, as family members speak at a press conference at a community center on the East Side on Thursday.