Adam Coy

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Service Record

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

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.[3]

In February 2011, the driver filed a complaint against Coy.[3]

Response Timeline

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

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.[3]

Response Timeline

In August 2012, Coy was given documented constructive counseling.[3]

2012 Excessive Force

Columbus police release video, records related to 2012 use of force incident involving Officer Adam

On October 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]

Response Timeline

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]

Response Timeline

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

Adam Coy booking photo
Adam Coy

Response Timeline

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]

On February 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]


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