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    GA - Anthony Hill, 27, fatally shot by Dekalb County police, 9 March 2015

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/11/us...hill.html?_r=0

    Ivan Lara, 43, a painter, said he saw Mr. Hill outside sometime after noon Monday, wearing a pair of shorts and lying face down. He assumed that he was exercising. But when Mr. Hill lifted his head, his speech was indecipherable, Mr. Lara said.

    Workers at the rental office eventually called 911. Mr. Lara said one of the workers at the complex tried to calm Mr. Hill.
    When Mr. Hill saw the officer, Mr. Castillo said, he stood up and moved toward him with his hands raised, and the officer, who Mr. Castillo said looked frightened, yelled for him to stop.

    Mr. Castillo said that he had not seen a scuffle, but that he did see the officer pull out a handgun and shoot Mr. Hill.
    Anthony was bipolar and having some kind of an episode. I have yet to see any report that he was threatening to anyone before police arrived. He was knocking on doors and laughing at one point. The NY Times interviewed two people who said he was walking. A third person thought he was running. The cop had a taser and pepper spray that he didn't bother to use. Apparently shooting someone is a great way to de-escalate a situation.

    Lesson here. if you or a loved one are having a mental health crisis and need assistance. DON"T call 911. Yes, Anthony was black and the cop was white. It matters.
    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
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    Prosecutors will seek murder charges against Georgia officer who shot an unarmed, naked black man

    Prosecutors in DeKalb County, Ga., will seek a criminal indictment of the police officer who in March 2015 fatally shot Anthony Hill, an Afghanistan war veteran who was naked and unarmed when he was killed
    Hill’s family, which has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit, says he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and was bipolar. They say Hill he was having an emotional breakdown when he was killed and that they do not believe Hill charged at Olsen, instead that he may have been approaching the officer for help.
    If Olsen is charged in Hill’s death, his would be the ninth on-duty fatal police shooting in 2015 that resulted in criminal charges for the officer involved.

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    Georgia Police Officer Indicted for Murder of Unarmed Black Man


    A white police officer was indicted here Thursday on six counts, including felony murder, in the fatal shooting last year of an unarmed black man who was naked and described as acting in an erratic manner.

    The indictment of Officer Robert Olsen of the DeKalb County Police Department came about two weeks after the district attorney said he would ask a grand jury to pursue criminal charges in the death of Anthony Hill, a 27-year-old Air Force veteran.
    “This is a day in history,” said a lawyer for Mr. Hill’s family, Christopher M. Chestnut, who also said, “Hopefully, this will set a precedent for discouraging paramilitary policing.”

    [Officer Olsen's attorney Mr. Samuel] added, “When this case is presented in a fair manner to a jury in an open courtroom, Officer Olsen will be fully exonerated.”
    Grand juries in Georgia have rarely returned indictments against police officers who were involved in shootings. In October, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the state had logged more than 170 fatal police shootings since 2010, and that just one police officer had been charged in connection with the killing of a civilian. (The case against that officer, in a city south of Atlanta, was ultimately dismissed.)
    Lots more at the link.

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    Dekalb Officer Who Shot Naked, Unarmed Man Has Resigned

    A white Atlanta-area police officer who shot a naked, mentally ill black veteran who was unarmed has resigned.

    Maj. Stephen Fore with the DeKalb County Police Department says Officer Robert Olsen resigned from the department Monday
    Naked, unarmed, mentally ill, veteran, black. I just... don't know what to say.

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    Ex-officer who shot naked black man wants charges dismissed

    Charges should be dismissed against a white former Atlanta-area police officer who shot an unarmed, naked, mentally ill black veteran because grand jury secrecy was violated in the case, the ex-officer's lawyer argued Friday in court.
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    During a hearing on Olsen's motion to dismiss the indictment, defense attorney Don Samuel argued that extra, unnecessary people were in the room during the grand jury proceeding, including multiple people from the district attorney's office, an expert witness and a court reporter who didn't transcribe anything but a statement by the officer.

    "It was like a circus at times," Samuel said.
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    Prosecutor Chris Timmons countered that prosecuting a police officer is more complicated than other cases, essentially requiring a mini trial, and therefore extra prosecutors and investigators were necessary to present the evidence quickly and efficiently.
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    DeKalb County Superior Court Judge J.P. Boulee said he wanted to do more research on the issue and would not immediately rule on the defense request.

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