May 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

City of Columbus, Andre Hill's family agree to $10 million settlement

Photo of a person holding a large sign in the shape of a bird, with the words "Justice for Andre"
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Columbus, Ohio, on Friday reached a $10 million settlement with the family of Andre Hill, an unarmed Black man who was fatally shot by police as he walked out of a garage while holding a cellphone.

What they're saying: "We understand that because of this former officer's actions, the Hill family will never be whole," City Attorney Zach Klein said in a statement. "No amount of money will ever bring Andre Hill back to his family, but we believe this is an important and necessary step in the right direction."

  • It's the largest such settlement ever paid by the city.
  • Columbus will also rename a gymnasium at the Brentnell Community Center after Hill.

The Hill family's attorneys thanked the city for renaming the gym and "for doing the right thing by agreeing to a financial resolution with the family."

  • "Now all those involved can begin to heal."

What's next: The Columbus City Council will vote on the settlement on Monday.

The big picture: Adam Coy, the officer who fatally shot 47-year-old Hill, was fired from the Columbus police force in December.

  • He has pleaded not guilty to murder, assault and reckless homicide charges.
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