Unarmed Man Shot: Georgia Cops Shoot, Kill Naked Black Man, Use Of Force Probed

Bradley Ryder

Residents in a Georgia community are trying to process why an unarmed naked black man was shot and killed by white cops Monday. Anthony Hill died from two gunshot wounds when he allegedly charged police officer Robert Olsen, who received the call of a man acting erratically. The fatal shooting is under investigation, and at issue is whether the proper use of force was used against the unclothed man who was not armed with a weapon in broad daylight.

According to a USA Today news report, police in DeKalb County responded to a disturbance call about a nude man who was knocking on doors, climbing structures and crawling about on the ground. When police arrived on the scene at the Heights at Chamblee apartments, they observed Hill walking in the parking lot. He was clearly unarmed at the time and without clothing.

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Oscar Perez, a witness to the fatal shooting of the unarmed man by Georgia cops, spoke with reporters at the scene. He confirmed reports of the man's strange behavior before the officer shot him in what appears to be the result of heightened fear.

"The man, he was like drugged, but he was naked, and he was crawling. I think the police officer thought he was going to attack, so he shot him."
"Yes, he was equipped with all the appropriately issued police equipment, including taser."

Tony Robinson, 19, of Madison, Wisconsin was shot and killed by police responding to a man who was causing a disturbance. The officer involved in fatal incident said Robinson attacked him, and he feared for his life. Police Chief Mike Koval held a press conference Saturday on the police-involved shooting.

"We have to be clear about this. He was unarmed. That's going to make this all the more complicated for the investigators, the public, to accept, to understand... why deadly force had to be used."

Apparently, the Georgia man shot and killed by peace officers was mentally disturbed and impaired in some capacity. Hill often talked "openly" on social media about his struggles with mental illness; reportedly, he suffered with bi-polar disorder. According to his Twitter profile, he is an Air Force veteran who pursued a music career. He was known in the Atlanta area under his stage name of "Ant Lanta."

The shooting of the unarmed black man is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). The unit was requested by Chief Alexander in an effort to promote transparency.

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