Two weeks after a civil grand jury recommended further investigation into the death of Anthony Hill, who was killed by a DeKalb County police officer in March, his parents are suing the officer, the police department, the county and others.
“We tried to let the criminal process take its course,” said Christopher Chestnut, a lawyer for the family. “We are pursuing a civil action, not only for the legacy of Anthony Hill, but for the future for veterans, for a better future for veterans.”
Hill served in the U.S. Air Force. Chestnut said that Hill returned from active duty with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder. His family has said they believe Hill was experiencing a bipolar episode when he was shot, naked and unarmed, by officer Robert Olsen on March 9.
Chestnut said this is a case of excessive force and profiling. Hill’s family is suing for unspecified damages in the wrongful death lawsuit.
“I never called the officer a bad cop,” said Hill’s mother, Carolyn Baylor Giummo. “I just said he made a mistake that hasn’t been accounted for.”
A spokesman for DeKalb County said he could not comment on pending litigation.
Anthony HIll Wrongful Death Lawsuit