June 29, 2022

US police officer who shot naked man pleads Not Guilty

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judge-and-gavel-Article-201411201434The Associated Press From Daily Report

A white former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed, naked, mentally ill black veteran just outside Atlanta pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and other charges against him.

Robert Olsen shot Anthony Hill on March 9, 2015, while responding to a call about a naked man behaving erratically outside a suburban Atlanta apartment complex. He was indicted in January on numerous charges, including felony murder, and has since resigned from the force.

Olsen appeared in DeKalb County Superior Court on Monday and waived formal arraignment. His attorney, Don Samuel, told the judge his client pleads not guilty.Samuel and Olsen left the courtroom immediately after entering the plea and declined to make any further comment.

Hill’s family has said he was a U.S. Air Force veteran who struggled with mental health problems. Tensions between police and minorities have risen across the country in the aftermath of a series of shootings mostly involving white law enforcement officers and unarmed African-American males. However, critics in Hill’s case, including his family, have focused more on his mental health and whether force should have been used at all because he was unarmed.

Olsen was indicted on two counts each of felony murder and violating his oath of office and one count each of aggravated assault and making a false statement.

Hill’s mother, Carolyn Giummo, stood outside the courthouse after the hearing, flanked by her daughter and her son’s girlfriend. About two dozen supporters, including many who packed the courtroom for the hearing, stood behind Giummo and chanted on the courthouse steps after she left.

Hill’s family sued the DeKalb County Police Department and others, claiming wrongful death.

For more on this story go to: http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202759405634/Police-Officer-Who-Shot-Naked-Man-Pleads-Not-Guilty#ixzz4Au6hQvMV

 

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