A police officer was removed from duty after fatally shooting an unarmed Black man while responding to a non-emergency disturbance call on Tuesday morning in Columbus, the city mayor said in a news conference.
A Columbus police officer was removed from duty after fatally shooting an unarmed Black man while responding to a non-emergency disturbance call on Tuesday morning, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a news conference.
The Columbus Department of Public Safety said the officers were responding to a call of a resident who reported that a man had been sitting in his SUV for an extended period and was repeatedly turning the car’s engine on and off.
When they arrived at the scene, the two officers went to a garage that has a 47-year-old man inside.
The man approached the two officers with a phone in his left hand when one of the officers decided to shoot the victim.
The Black man was pronounced dead after getting rushed to a nearby hospital.
According to the Columbus Division of Police, the final moments of the fatal shooting were recorded through the 60-second “look back” function of the camera, even though neither of the officers turned on their devices during the time of the incident.
The recovered short footage revealed that there had been “a delay in rendering of first-aid to the man.”
According to Ginther, he was “greatly” disturbed that the two officers involved in the incident did not turn on their body cameras until after killing the man.
“It is unacceptable to me and the community that the officers did not turn on their camera,” Ginther said late Tuesday. “Let me be clear: If you’re not going to turn on your body-worn camera, you cannot serve and protect the people of Columbus.”
Ginther ordered the immediate suspension of the officer who shot the Black man.
The footage is expected to be released on Wednesday after showing it to the victim’s family.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is still investigating the deadly police shooting.
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