Protesters call for justice in police killing of Andre Hill

  • A neighbor lights a candle at a small memorial near the site of the fatal police shooting of Andre Hill on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 on Oberlin Drive in Columbus, Ohio. Hill, 47, was shot and killed by Columbus Division of Police officer Adam Coy after responding to a suspicious vehicle call around 1:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive. Body camera footage released Wednesday shows Andre Hill, a 47-year-old Black man, emerging from a garage and holding up a cellphone in his left hand seconds before he is fatally shot by a Columbus police officer. (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Demonstrators gathered in a cold Christmas Eve drizzle Thursday to call for justice in the death of Andre Hill, a Black man who was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer this week.

Chants of “Whose street? Our street!” rang out from the small crowd that gathered near the home that Hill, 47, was visiting when he was shot early Tuesday. Some waved Black Lives Matter flags.

Video showed Hill emerging from a garage and holding up a cellphone in his left hand seconds before he was fatally shot by an officer identified as Adam Coy.

About six seconds pass between the time Hill is visible in the video and when the officer fires his weapon. There is no audio because the officer hadn’t activated the body camera; an automatic “look back” feature captured the shooting without audio.

Thursday’s joined a string of recent protests in Ohio’s capital against police-involved shootings of Black men.

Groups also protested Sunday and Wednesday over the killing of 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr. by a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy. He was shot Dec. 4 as he entered his grandmother’s house in Columbus.

Both shootings remain under investigation.

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