Felony Charges Against Robert Olsen Will Not Be Dropped, Georgia Judge Rules

Georgia Judge turns down the proposal to drop charges against the police officer who killed Anthony Hill.

Robert Olsen, who shot and killed 27-year-old Anthony Hill in March 2015, faces criminal charges, including felony charges. Olsen shot the mentally ill Black man in Decatur while responding to a report of a naked man causing a domestic disturbance.

Last month, Olsen and his attorney, Don Samuel filed a motion to dismiss the charges against the accused because they believed grand jury secrecy was violated during the case hearing by letting unnecessary people be present at the hearing. However, Superior Court Judge J.P. Boulee denied that motion on Tuesday.

Judge Boulee stated that he had absolutely no reason, even under Georgia law to dismiss the charges against the former officer. Olsen is charged with aggravated assault, two counts of felony murder, two oaths of public violation and formulating false statements.

Olsen murdered Hill, who was an Air Force veteran, in cold blood at a DeKalb County apartment complex. The former officer arrived at the scene after responding to a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance situation. Olsen found Hill exhibiting “odd” behavior, as he roamed naked around the community.

Police officers at the scene tried to restrain the victim, but Olsen proceeded to shoot him twice, fatally wounding the mentally ill Black man, whose family affirmed that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Hill subsequently died from his wounds. Olsen stated that the man lunged at him, thus his decision to shoot him. The victim’s family is seeking justice in the untimely death of Hill.

Here we go again, another Black man shot by police for no just cause. Olsen murdered Hill and falsified his statement of the shooting; those are bad enough crimes to put him away for many years. It’s great to see the Judge dismiss the senseless motion filed by the defendant and his attorney. Olsen has to face justice, in fact, he must be severely punished.

Source: Atlanta Black Star
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