Our network

Attorney says lethal force was unwarranted in cop shooting | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Attorney says lethal force was unwarranted in cop shooting
News
Attorney says lethal force was unwarranted in cop shooting

DECATUR, Ga -- Two days after Anthony Hill, an Air Force vet was shot and killed by a police officer, questions are being raised by protesters and his family's attorney.

About 150 people gathered in a park in downtown Decatur Wednesday and then marched through the city
'
s streets, the first of more protests expected after Monday
'
s shooting.

Protesters from a consortium of causes demonstrated peacefully though at times blocked busy intersections as they chanted and sang. Hill, a black man, who was acting erratically, naked, in his apartment complex was shot and killed by a white DeKalb County Police Officer.

"
He did not need to be shot,
"
one protester shouted.
"
So if you tell me this is not about race, what is it about?
"

At a separate news conference before the rally, Atlanta attorney Christopher Chestnut, who is representing Hill's mother, wouldn't go as far as to call the incident racism.
"
This is clearly a shooting of concern,
"
he said.
"
This clearly was a gross error in judgment and the difficulty is when officers make errors in judgment like this, they
'
re fatal.
"

Chestnut said Hill had psychological issues that arose out of his service in the armed forces. He was in the US Air Force, and family members said he served in Afghanistan. The attorney said Hill was on medication, but didn't know if he was taking his medicine the day he was shot.

He said Hill was not posing a physical threat to anyone when DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olson arrived on the scene. He said the case comes down to the fact that lethal force was not warranted.
"
There are alternatives to lethal force,
"
he said.
"
Lethal force should be one of the last resorts when you're dealing with someone in the daytime, when he's unarmed and unclothed.
"

Police said Hill ran toward Officer Olson and refused to stop when the officer ordered him to stop. They said the officer fired two times while backpedaling.

You can follow Kevin on Twitter @krowson11alive and like him on Facebook

News

Decatur Deals