COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Columbus City Council took its first look at Andrès Law on Monday, part of the city council’s efforts to improve policing.
The law is named after Andrè Hill, an unarmed man who was shot and killed by former Columbus police officer Adam Coy on the north side of town just over a month ago.
No vote or action was taken on the proposed bill on Monday, but City Council President Shannon Hardin said a vote could take place as early as next week.
Hill was a father, brother, and friend to many. Police said he was shot dead while officers responded to an emergency call on December 22nd.
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Hill’s attorney said he was visiting a family friend at the time of the shooting.
After he was shot by Coy, the body camera video shows Hill lay motionless for more than seven minutes before officers helped him. Coy’s body camera was also only activated after the shooting.
These two points are dealt with in the Andrè law. As it is written, the law would require officers to turn on body-worn cameras during an enforcement, with the law explaining when and what types of enforcement there are.
Legislation would also require officials to apply for EMS or provide medical assistance if the use of force seriously injures someone.
Man shot dead by Columbus police who identified as Andre ‘Hill
The first reading of the Andrè law, as well as other first readings, was skipped during the Monday meeting of the council, but Hardin commented on the legislation.
“I’m glad Andrè’s Law is in first reading today,” said Hardin. “Andrè’s law is designed to ensure that officers use body-worn cameras correctly and provide assistance when needed. We have contacted attorney Ben Crump on behalf of the family and we look forward to getting Andrès’ law passed next week. “