Columbus Ohio Division of Police
|Dates of Service||2001-2020|
|Last Known Status||Terminated|
Coy's personnel file showed 90 complaints filed by citizens, beginning in 2011.
2011 Offensive Behavior and Policy Violations
Police received a call about a firearm being shown from a vehicle and then fired. When stopped, the driver did not comply with police orders. The man was arrested.
In February 2011, the driver filed a complaint against Coy.
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.
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. 
2012 Language Use and Policy Violation
Coy responding to a domestic dispute. During the investigation, Coy called the woman a "hood rat" and smoked a cigarette while waiting for a supervisor. Smoking while on duty is against division policy.
In August 2012, Coy was given documented constructive counseling.
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. 
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.
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. 
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. 
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.
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
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.
On December 28, 2020, Coy was fired from the department for violating department policies.
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).
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.
Coy faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Coy has pleaded not guilty to those charges.
- Meredith Deliso, Columbus, Ohio officer who shot unarmed Black man fired as family demands justice, 6 ABC, 2020-12-29
- Adam Coy C Police Officer City of Columbus, govSalaries
- Bethany Bruner, New documents show ex-Columbus officer Adam Coy had history of inappropriate reactions, Columbus Dispatch, 2021-01-12
- Administrative Investigation of Officer Adam Coy, Division of Police, 2020-12-26
- Amir Vera, Ohio grand jury indicts Columbus officer who fatally shot Andre Hill, state attorney general says, CNN, 2021-02-02
- Former Columbus police officer Adam Coy pleads not guilty to reckless homicide charge in shooting of Andre' Hill, 10 WBNS, 2021-04-28
- City Of Columbus To Pay $10 Million In Settlement With Family Of Andre Hill, NPR, 2021-05-14