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Family of Anthony Hill files wrongful death lawsuit

ATLANTA -- The family of an unarmed naked man fatally shot by a DeKalb County police officer has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit.

Anthony Hill, a 27-year-old Air Force veteran, was shot and killed by DeKalb County Officer Robert Olsen on March 9. Police were responding to a 911 call about a naked man wandering the apartment complex acting erratically.

Police said the naked man, Anthony Hill, lunged at Officer Olsen in a threatening manner.

On Oct. 29, a civil grand jury recommended more investigation into the fatal shooting. DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James is considering whether to present the case to a grand jury for indictment.

According to the Hill family attorney, Christopher Chestnut, Hill was medically discharged from the Air Force in April 2013 after being diagnosed as bipolar. Hill's girlfriend said that he had stop taking his medication.
The family’s lawsuit against the DeKalb County Police Department, Olsen, the county and its board of commissioners was filed Wednesday.

The suit said HIll's death was the "direct result of a policy and practice on the part of DeKalb County and its officials." It said that the county "failed to implement adequate policies and procedures for responding to calls for service involving citizens exhibiting traits of a mental or psychological disorder."

According to the lawsuit, DeKalb County didn't properly assign officers specially trained to death with mental illness calls, and that the department failed to train its officers for interacting with those who are mentally ill.

Read the lawsuit (.PDF document)



Material from the Associated Press was used in this report




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