Adam Coy

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Service Record

Adam Coy 2020 Arrest
Agency Columbus Ohio Division of Police
Rank Officer
Dates of Service 2001-2020[1]
Salary $106,688[2]
Last Known Status Terminated[1]

Incident Reports

Coy's personnel file showed 90 complaints filed by citizens, beginning in 2011.[3]

2011 Offensive Behavior and Policy Violations

In February 2011, a man filed a complaint against Coy following an arrest. The man was stopped after police received a call about a firearm being shown from a vehicle and then fired. The man did not comply with police orders when he was stopped.[3]

After an internal investigation, Coy received documented constructive counseling for swearing at the man "in an offensive manner" and not using the microphone for his cruiser video camera system.[3]

Coy and another officer were also given documented constructive counseling for driving irresponsibly and outside of policy. Coy was recorded as going 83 mph in a 35 mph zone while responding to the call. [3]

2012 Language Use and Policy Violation

In August 2012, Coy was given documented constructive counseling after responding to a domestic dispute. Coy called the woman a "hood rat" and smoked a cigarette while waiting for a supervisor. Smoking while on duty is against division policy.[3]

2012 Excessive Force

On Oct. 16, 2012, Coy stopped a suspected impaired driver. A witness filed a complaint of excessive force. Dash camera video showed Coy striking the driver's head four times against the hood of a police cruiser. [3]

News report with dashcam video

Department Response

Coy was internally charged and had a hearing before the police chief, who noted that Coy had "too many complaints not to record everything". Coy was given a cumulative 160-hour suspension.[3]

Coy claimed to have sought out a stress management class, had reached out to an employee assistance program offered by the city, and signed up for a use-of-force course offered by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. [3]

2018 Use of Profanity

In August 2018, Coy responded to a fight, where he used profanity to keep members of the crowd out of the road and used mace against one person who was not complying with his orders. [3]

Department Response

The use of mace was determined to be within division policy. Coy was disciplined for using the term "hoodlum" when talking to one person in the crowd, as shown on his body camera.[3]

Coy was given documented constructive counseling for "gratuitous" use of profanity at the scene that "only served to antagonize," a commander wrote.

2020 Death of Andre Hill

Department Response

On December 26, 2020, the department concluded its internal investigation, and charged Coy with two policy violations of not turning on his body camera and not providing first aid in a timely manner.[4]

On December 28, 2020, Coy was fired from the department for violating department policies.[1]

Legal Action

On Feb 2, 2021, Coy was indicted by a grand jury and arrested on charges of murder in the commission of a felony (a felony), felonious assault (felony of the second degree), and two counts of dereliction of duty (misdemeanors of the second degree).[5][6]

On April 28, 2021, a charge of reckless homicide (felony of the third degree) was added and the prosecution dropped the charges of dereliction of duty.[6]

Coy faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Coy has pleaded not guilty to those charges.[7]