Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Police Officer Fatally Shoots Naked And Unarmed Black Man Near Atlanta

Anthony Hill was running around an apartment complex naked when police officers confronted him. This is the second police shooting in DeKalb County in three months.

A police officer responding on Monday afternoon to a report of a suspicious person shot and killed an unarmed black man — who was running around his apartment complex — in Chamblee, Georgia, 14 miles northeast of Atlanta.

The police officer, whose name has not been released, first encountered Anthony Hill, 27, who was not wearing clothes, in the apartment building's parking lot.

Cedric Alexander, director of the DeKalb County Public Safety Department told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Hill did not have a weapon.

"The caller reported a male acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around on the ground naked," Alexander said at a news conference, according to WGCL.

Alexander said Hill charged toward the officer when asked to stop. That is when the officer shot Hill.

"The officer called him to stop while stepping backwards, drew his weapon, and fired two shots," Alexander told reporters, adding that Hill was possibly suffering from a mental illness.

The police officer, who has been with the department for seven years, had a taser with him at the time of the shooting. He has been placed on administrative leave.

The case has been handed over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, who will conduct an independent probe into the shooting.

This is the second shooting of a black man in less than three months. On Dec. 29, 2014, Dekalb County Police Officer Joseph Pitts fatally shot Kevin Davis. Davis was in his apartment treating his girlfriend, who had been stabbed by another man. When officers arrived, Davis' pit bull charged toward the officers, and Pitts shot the dog. According to reports, Davis came out of his bedroom after the first round of gunshots were fired at the dog. When Davis emerged, he was holding a gun and Pitts shot him. Police did not say Davis pointed his gun at Pitts.

Davis' death sparked protests in the DeKalb area. Pitts was cleared by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and returned to duty, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution .

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