Last month, a civil grand jury split on whether charges should be brought against the officer but recommended further investigation. Olsen told that jury he feared for his safety, believing Hill was high on PCP or bath salts. Hill failed to heed two commands to stop, but his family's attorney, Chris Chestnut, said witnesses dispute the officer's claim that Hill charged him.
James seeks to charge Olsen with two counts of felony murder, an aggravated assault charge, two counts of violation of oath of office and one count for making a false statement.
Though prosecutors usually have little trouble getting a grand jury to indict, cases involving police-involved shootings have proven more challenging, as officers are granted a special privilege allowing them to present their side without cross-examination.
In five years, out of 184 police shootings in Georgia, none have been prosecuted, according to an investigation by The AJC and Channel 2 Action News.
Rise Up Georgia said they plan to use their protest to draw attention to the need for better training on how law enforcement interacts with the mentally ill.
“Had Officer Olsen been a trained mental health professional, perhaps he would have recognized Hill’s behavior as that associated with bipolar disorder and been equipped with appropriate de-escalation skills,” the group said in a statement.