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Protests Over Police Shooting Stop Traffic In Decatur

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Share 1:39 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Protesters stopped traffic in Decatur after DeKalb Police fatally shot a man Monday. 1:39Protesters upset over the fatal police shooting of Anthony Hill marched in the streets of Decatur last night.Hill was killed Monday by a DeKalb County Police officer responding to a call saying he was wandering naked near his home.While waiting for the march to start, Marcus Coleman reminded his son to stop fidgeting with the bull horn they brought.“Unfortunately, at 9 years old, he’s been to too many of these,” Coleman said. Coleman oversees the regional headquarters of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. He called for an indictment of the officer who shot Hill, and said the DeKalb County Police Department should face a federal investigation similar to the one in Ferguson, Missouri.“I think this is egregious. You have a mentally challenged veteran who paid his dues for his country. He’s been abroad fighting for democracy but can’t get that democracy here at home,” Coleman said.Details about what happened are still not clear.Anthony Hill, 27, was active on Twitter and openly discussed being bipolar. Hill was unarmed and naked when he was shot by Officer Robert Olsen Monday afternoon after neighbors called the police.Last night about 200 protesters stopped traffic as they gathered to remember Hill. A Decatur bus driver who couldn’t give her name radioed her dispatcher about the delay.“The protesters have sat in the intersection of Commerce Drive and West Ponce de Leon so I should be here for a moment,” she said. As it got dark out, Decatur Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee tried to usher protesters off the road, careful to mention his officers don’t work for DeKalb County.“We’d like for you to move back up to the square just as soon as possible,” Lee said to one of the organizers. The marchers were on their way again shortly, patrol cars following at a distance.“Well sometimes you don’t want to escalate a situation. And people are very emotional right now,” Lee said.Unlike in the DeKalb County Police Department, nearly all of his officers have been through a National Alliance on Mental Illness recommended class on Crisis Intervention Training. It’s not clear whether the officer who shot Hill had received more than the basic, required training on handling situations involving mental illness. DeKalb County Police say the officer has been placed on desk duty for the duration of an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more