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Cop Found Not Guilty Of Murder In Shooting Of Unarmed Black Veteran

A Dekalb County jury found former police officer Robert Olsen guilty of aggravated assauult, making a false statement, and two counts of violation of oath, however they acquitted him of two felony murder charges in the shootin death of 26-year-old Anthony Hill.

Olsen was charged with the fatal shooting of Anthony Hill in March of 2015. Olsen was responding to a call from someone in the area who reported a man “acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around on the ground naked.”

According to then-DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander, “when (Hill) saw the officer, he charged, running at the officer. The officer called him to stop while stepping backwards, drew his weapon and fired two shots.”

Hill was a military veteran who had a history of mental illness. According to his girlfriend, Bridget Anderson, he had been struggling to get the support he needed from the Department of Veterans Affairs. She also said he stopped taking his medicine shortly before the shooting.

During the trial, the prosecution claimed Olsen didn’t follow protocol for use of force. Saying he could have used a baton on Hill instead of shooting him.

The officers defence attorney said Olsen was “a good cop who had to make a tough decision.”

One juror, who declined to give his name or show his face on camera, said that he and four other jurors wanted to find Olsen guilty on the murder charges.

But after more than a week of deliberations, he and the other jurors ultimately agreed to compromise in reaching their verdict, he said.

The judge has allowed Olsen to remain out on an $80,000 bond until he is sentenced on November 1, however, he will have an ankle monitor and be subject to a curfew.

Olsen faces up to 35 years in prison and is due to be sentenced November 1. 

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