Tuesday 29 December 2020
African American was unarmed
Police officer fired after being shot dead
In the city of Columbus, Ohio, a police officer is called to clear up a minor matter. Instead, he shoots an unarmed black man several times. Video recordings of the fact lead to his release.
A white officer has been dismissed after a fatal police operation against an African American in the city of Columbus, Ohio. The evidence justifies the dismissal of the police officer, said the local police chief Thomas Quinlan. The officer had previously been suspended from duty because of the incident.
Recordings from the official’s body camera released last week show him killing 47-year-old Andre Maurice Hill with multiple gunshots in the garage of a house. Hill didn’t carry a gun. The incident caused great outrage.
The policeman had been called to the location about a minor incident. According to media reports, it was about a man who sat in a car and repeatedly started and switched it off. During another police operation less than three weeks earlier, an African American was also shot dead by the police in Columbus.
Last year there were months of national protests in the United States against excessive police violence and racism. The demonstrations were triggered by the death of the unarmed African American George Floyd in a police operation in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the end of May. On the fringes of the mostly peaceful protests, there were repeated riots.