Andre Hill shooting: US officers stood by and failed to help as black man lay dying following police shooting

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More details have emerged about the police shooting of an unarmed black man who was left for several minutes with no first aid while dying.

Andre Hill, who was carrying just his mobile phone when he was shot on 22 December while leaving the garage of a friend, was wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt when he was killed.

Bodycam video from officers in Columbus, Ohio, appears to show the 47-year-old was still alive on the floor after he was shot as officers secure the area.

As well as holding a mobile phone in one hand, his other hand had not been visible when he emerged from the garage.

Five minutes after he was shot by Officer Adam Coy, who is white, another officer can be heard in the footage saying: "Let's cuff him up. He's still moving."

Mr Hill is then rolled over on to his stomach before being handcuffed and put on his back as the officers wait for an ambulance.

Minutes later, a more senior officer arrives and asks "anybody doing anything for him?" He then orders an officer to start CPR. Mr Hill was later pronounced dead.

Friends and family of the chess-playing trained chef have paid tribute to the man his friends called "Dre" and his grandchildren called "Big Daddy".

He was described by his daughter Karissa Hill as an "everything man", who could do "everything", having worked as a chef and manager at a string of restaurants in Columbus, Ohio, over the years, while his friend Alvon Williams called Mr Hill an "overachiever".

He also worked as a construction contractor and dreamed of opening his own restaurant.

Now Karissa Hill, 27, said she "doesn't feel safe" in the city.

"It is just disgusting how they did my dad. These pictures that I got to look at, I got to memorise my dad on the floor for the rest of my life and how nobody helped him.

"How there's 22 officers on the scene with body footage and not one of them helped my dad. It's unbearable. All because of this state, and who they hire.

"I mean, he is lying on the ground dying. I mean, what is Andre Hill's crime? Is it because he's a black man, and for whatever reason, police in America shoot first and ask questions later?"

Another friend Donyell Bryant said the pair had watched in shock at footage in May that showed George Floyd dying after having his neck pressed by a white officer for several minutes, despite pleading to be allowed to breathe.

The T-shirt Mr Hill was wearing on the night he died called for justice for Mr Floyd.

Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan said he was horrified by the lack of compassion shown in the video footage, which was released on Thursday.

"As a police chief, and just as a human being, the events of the last week have left me shaken, and heartbroken for the family of Andre Hill," he said in a statement.

"Every man and woman who wears this badge should feel the same."

Ben Crump, the Hill family's lawyer, said officers' actions were unforgivable.

"Where is the humanity for Andre Hill? Where is the humanity for this Columbus citizen who had committed no crime, had no weapon, was unarmed, only holding a cell phone? Where is the humanity for this citizen?

"He offered no verbal commands before he started shooting Andre Hill. He didn't say stop. He didn't say freeze. He didn't say, put your hands up. He didn't give Andre Hill a chance. He didn't give him a chance."

Mr Coy was sacked by the city on Tuesday, after it accused him of incompetence and "gross neglect of duty", among other charges.

He and another officer were responding to a non-emergency call by a neighbour when they encountered Mr Hill.

The bodycam video shows Coy telling an officer leading him away from the home: "I gotta figure out what I missed".

"We'll take care of that I promise you," officer Jared Barsotti responded.

The footage also captures a woman inside the house where Mr Hill was shot telling officers that he had been bringing her Christmas money.

She shouted: "He was bringing me Christmas money. He didn't do anything."