Police had to arrest six people at a protest Saturday afternoon as residents demanded action after a man was killed by a DeKalb County police officer.
Anthony Hill was shot on March 9 after officers responded to an apartment complex to find him naked and having a mental breakdown.
Police said that Officer Robert Olsen shot Hill, 27, after he lunged at Olsen. However, some neighbors questioned the judgement of the officer.
“Maybe the police felt overpowered by him, but if that’s the case they should get better policemen that don’t feel overpowered by someone that doesn’t have a gun,” said a neighbor.
DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander referred to continuum force to explaining the incident. Continuum force allows police in the heat of the moment the right to use deadly force, just as any private citizen would.
“Different scenarios require different tools,” said Alexander. “Policing of course is a very unpredictable job and scenarios pop up all the time. Some you can’t practice and rehearse for.”
Olsen, a seven-year veteran of the police force, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.