Ga. Prosecutor to Seek Murder Indictment for White Officer Who Killed Anthony Hill

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert D. James Jr. says that he will recommend that Officer Robert Olsen face charges including felony murder, aggravated assault and violation of oath of office in the shooting death of black Air Force veteran Anthony Hill.

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A Georgia prosecutor is pushing for a felony murder indictment against a white police officer who shot and killed a naked, unarmed black man last March, the New York Times reports

According to the report, the office of DeKalb County District Attorney Robert D. James Jr. is asking a grand jury to indict Officer Robert Olsen, recommending charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and violation of oath of office. 

“Our position is that the facts and the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Anthony Hill warrant a charge for felony murder,” James said at a Thursday news conference, the Times reports. 

On March 9, 2015, Olsen responded to a 911 call about a suspicious man running around an apartment complex in Chamblee, Ga. That individual turned out to be the 27-year-old Air Force veteran, whose family says he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, stemming from his deployment overseas. 

As the Times notes, witnesses say that Hill’s hands had been either up or at his sides and that he did not listen to Olsen’s orders to stop. 

Hill’s girlfriend, Bridget Anderson, told the Times that she was “very elated” that the prosecutor is seeking an indictment. 

Read more at the New York Times

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