LIVE: Attorney for Andre’ Hill’s family set to hold press conference Saturday

LIVE: Attorney for Andre’ Hill’s family set to hold press conference Saturday

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A national civil rights attorney representing the family of a man killed by police last week is set to hold a press conference Saturday.

Ben Crump, who has represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, is now representing the family of Andre’ Hill, the man shot and killed by Columbus Police Officer Andrew Coy Tuesday.

“We’re not here for ourselves,” Crump said. “We’re not here for our own emotions about this. We’re not here for other than supporting this beautiful family through this tragic time.”

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Hill, 47, was shot and killed by Coy, who was responding to a non-emergency call in the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive. Body-camera footage shows Hill approaching Coy from an open garage door with a phone in one hand and his other hand not visible right before Coy fired.

During Saturday’s press conference, Michael Crumb was named as local attorney representing Crumb in Columbus for the case.

The shooting has prompted many, including Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, to call for Coy to be fired from the department.

“Police brutality and implicit bias don’t even take a break for Christmas,” Crump said, flanked by members of Hill’s family. “And so I know it’s inconvenient for a lot of people, but I just want you think about how inconvenient, how heartbreaking, and how devastating it is for Carissa (Hill’s daughter) and her children who were expecting big daddy to bust through the door on Christmas morning.”

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The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation is the lead agency looking into Hill’s death.

The press conference will be followed by a vigil.

Hill is the second Black man this month to be shot and killed by a law enforcement officer in Columbus. On Dec. 4, Casey Goodson Jr., 23, was shot and killed by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade, who at the time was assigned to the U.S. Marshall’s Office. The Columbus Police Department is investigating this shooting while the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice are conducting a civil rights violation investigation.

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