Georgia cop who fatally shot unarmed, naked veteran found not guilty of murder


A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot 26-year-old Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran who was unarmed and naked during the 2015 incident, was found not guilty of felony murder on Monday.

Robert “Chip” Olsen, 57, shot the victim in broad daylight after reports of a man behaving erratically outside an Atlanta-area apartment building. Hill was bipolar and had been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The former DeKalb County officer was convicted of three other offenses, however. The jury found him guilty aggravated assault, violation of oath of office and making a false statement.



The March 2015 shooting led to months of protests against police brutality and racism in the police force. Hill was black and Olsen is white.

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After two days off to consider their differences, jurors returned to work Monday morning searching for unanimity on at least some of the counts against former DeKalb County police officer Robert “Chip” Olsen.

Olsen, 57, faces two felony murder charges — each carrying a sentence of life in prison — for shooting Hill, a mentally ill Afghanistan War veteran, in March 2015. The former DeKalb County cop had been dispatched to a Chamblee apartment complex where Hill, off his meds, had stripped naked in the middle of the day.



The shooting occurred after Hill, 26, ran — or jogged — toward Olsen, ignoring two commands from the officer to stop. Olsen claims he acted in self-defense, fearing for his personal safety. Prosecutors say he could’ve apprehended Hill using non-lethal force.

Jurors received the case Oct. 4. Since then, they’ve had as many days off as they have spent debating the six-count indictment.

If they don’t reach a verdict by lunchtime Monday, they will have spent roughly 27 hours in deliberations. That’s how long the jury in the trial of Claud “Tex McIver took in April 2018 to find the Atlanta attorney guilty of felony




murder.

Attorneys Don Samuel and Amanda Clark Palmer, who represent Olsen, were also part of McIver’s defense team.

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