Robert Olsen, Dekalb County Police deputy, indicted for killing naked Air Force vet, resigns
DECATUR, Ga. — A DeKalb County Police Department deputy was indicted on Thursday, January 21, for killing a naked Air Force veteran.
Robert Olsen is charged with two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of making a false statement, and two counts of violation of oath by a public officer.
“All six counts” chants swelled near the DeKalb courtroom on the night after the announcement. Carolyn Giummo, 27-year-old Anthony Hill’s mother, said she was thankful for the grand jury’s decision.
Deputy Olsen turned himself in to custody at his place of employment in the wee hours of Friday.
Deputy Olsen, who is white, shot Airman Hill, who is black, in broad daylight on March 9, 2015, after reports of a man allegedly behaving erratically outside an apartment building. Airman Hill’s family has said he suffered from mental health problems diagnosed while in the service.
The shooting prompted protests for ten-plus months. Rise Up Georgia led a campout at the DeKalb courthouse starting on MLK night.
The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office released this statement after the indictment:
“The felony murder charges stem from two separate felonies committed by Olsen – aggravated assault and violating his oath as a certified Georgia peace officer. Specifically, Olsen is charged with violating his oath to ‘observe all the rules, orders and regulations’ of the police department, including the agency’s Use of Force policy. The indictment charges Olsen with falsely telling a fellow officer that the victim physically assaulted him prior to the shooting.”
Deputy Olsen turned in his gun and badge on Monday after he was released from jail and resigned from the department.