Columbus Cop Fatally Shoots Unarmed Black Man, Turns on Body-Cam After

Columbus Cop Fatally Shoots Unarmed Black Man, Turns on Body-Cam After

COLUMBUS, Ohio—A police officer fatally shot an unarmed Black man, who was only holding a cellphone, while responding to a noise complaint here on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The Columbus Police Department said the shooting happened after cops responded to a non-emergency call in the early hours about a “man sitting in an SUV for an extended period of time” and repeatedly turning his car on and off.

The incident was supposed to be captured on body-worn cameras, but both officers who responded didn’t turn their devices on until after the shooting. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said during a Tuesday press conference that he’d asked Columbus Police chief Thomas Quinlan “to remove the officer involved [from] duty and turn in his badge and gun.” The officer, however, will still be paid due to his contract.

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