A white policeman accused of killing a black man last week in Columbus, Ohio, was fired on Monday (December 28th), authorities in the northern city said.
The death of Andre Maurice Hill had provoked outrage in a country crossed since the spring by a historic movement against police violence and racism. The 47-year-old African American was in the garage of a house when he was hit by several bullets by Adam Coy.
The police had been called on the spot for a minor incident. The agent was suspended in the wake. “Analysis of the evidence justifies the dismissal” Adam Coy, said Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan.
Andre Hill, who was unarmed, is the second African American to be killed by police in less than three weeks in Columbus. “The death of Andre Hill is another tragic example of the tendency of the police to view black people as dangerous or criminal”, was indignant, Monday, the lawyer Ben Crump, known to defend several families of African-American victims, including that of George Floyd.
The latter’s death at the end of May caused a wave of anger in the country and launched an introspection in American society on the racial discrimination of a part of American society.