Officer who murdered Donovan Lewis in Columbus was already terminated.
The Columbus Division of Police released the employee records of an officer who killed an unarmed melanin man. The records showed that the officer had been fired and then hired back.
Officer Ricky Anderson's record was released three days after the funeral of Donovan Lewis, 20, whom he fatally shot. In Anderson's most recent performance assessments from 2020 and 2019, his superiors said that he surpassed expectations in practically every area. These included communication, reliability, understanding of the work, problem-solving, and officer safety. In addition, Supervising Sgt. Steve Redding observed that the 30-year veteran of the police "often volunteers for additional SWAT operations." "Pfc. Anderson is always aware of his surroundings for his own safety and the safety of others, even when things are hard or stressful," Redding wrote.
Nonetheless, the 2019 assessment also recognised a problem in the topic of work knowledge, stating that Anderson "took corrective disciplinary action for the Division Directive breach."
According to Anderson's personnel file, the Director of Public Safety terminated his employment with the Columbus Division of Police in May 2004. A representative from the Department of Public Safety said that Anderson and the Fraternal Order of Police fought the firing, even though the personnel file didn't say why.
The accusation that led to the firing was unrelated to the use of force, according to spokesman Glenn McEntyre.
In 2004, the Columbus Dispatch claimed that Anderson was terminated for receiving payment for guarding a bank while he was not there. The arbitrator decided that the city could not verify which hours Anderson did not work and that the city did not have a consistent history of discharging officers with criminal convictions.
In November of the same year, the arbitrator put Anderson back to work at CPD, saying that the officer should have been suspended for 30 days instead.
The report also featured allegations of Anderson's participation in instances previous to the killing of Donovan Lewis. In a 2018 pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Interstate 71, Anderson used stop sticks to force the vehicle to stop. In two different incidents documented in 1995 and 2012, he was awarded for entering burning houses to save people.
Anderson was put on administrative leave after the shooting death of Lewis. At an apartment, Anderson was executing an arrest warrant with other cops and a K-9. Body camera footage revealed that within one second of opening the door and while wrangling the K9, Anderson shot Lewis as he sat up on a bed in the back corner of the room.
Elaine Bryant, Chief of the Chicago Police Department, said that Anderson discharged his pistol when Lewis seemed to raise a hand containing something. Moving frame-by-frame through the footage, the individual could be seen lifting his right hand toward the cops while returning his left to a cushion.
Bryant said that a vape pen was discovered on the bed next to the suspect.
Later, the CPD acknowledged that its officers did not discover any firearms near Lewis. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating Anderson's alleged participation in the shooting.
Lewis was murdered less than two years after a Columbus police officer was fired for fatally shooting an unarmed melanin man, Andre' Hill. Hill's cell phone was mistaken for a pistol by Adam Coy, the cop. Later, he was charged with murder.