Police officer who shot naked black man pleads not guilty

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) – A white Atlanta-area former police officer who shot an unarmed, naked, mentally ill black veteran has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Robert Olsen was indicted in January on numerous charges, including felony murder, in the shooting death of 27-year-old Anthony Hill. He has since resigned from the force.

Olsen appeared in DeKalb County Superior Court on Monday and waived arraignment. His attorney Don Samuel told the judge his client pleads not guilty.

Olsen shot Hill on March 9, 2015, while responding to a call about a naked man behaving erratically outside a suburban Atlanta apartment complex. Hill’s family says he was a U.S. Air Force veteran who struggled with mental health problems.

Hill’s mother, Carolyn Giummo, said Monday’s hearing represented a step closer to justice.

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