When Robert “Chip” Olsen drove his squad car into the Heights at Chamblee apartment complex in March 2015 he was responding to a Signal 22 — a mental illness call.
But was he prepared to handle it?
The fourth episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s podcast ‘Breakdown: Judgment Call’ examines the challenges that police face as first responders for the mentally ill.
In Olsen’s case, the encounter turned deadly: He shot and killed 26-year-old Anthony Hill, who had stripped naked and was wandering his apartment complex in the middle of the afternoon.
But did it have to?
“Policing a Mental Health Crisis” goes live Tuesday. It’s the latest installment in the The AJC’s award-winning podcast.
It looks at how law enforcement equips and trains officers to handle the mentally ill. The episode also looks at why Olsen’s prosecution became a judicial hot potato in DeKalb County and explores the reasons it’s so rare to prosecute police officers.
Breakdown is now in it’s seventh season. AJC legal affairs writer, Bill Rankin, is back as Breakdown’s host. He’s joined by public safety reporter, Christian Boone.
This season we are also partnering with WSB-Radio.
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