In 2017, Hill’s family filed a civil rights lawsuit against both Olsen and DeKalb County. The claims against Olsen are still pending.
In the claims against the county, Hill’s family contended DeKalb failed to provide Olsen with adequate training for interacting with mentally ill individuals and for deescalating crises. This was particularly important because the county knew its officers, armed with deadly weapons, would be among the first to respond to those experiencing a mental-health crisis. And officers without appropriate training could mistakenly believe a mentally disturbed person posed a threat, the family said.
Anthony Hill was honorably discharged from the Air Force after serving in Afghanistan, and diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. He was off his medications when he was shot and killed by DeKalb Police Officer Robert “Chip” Olsen.
But U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten, in an order issued last week, said DeKalb has “express written policies on use of force and dealing with mentally ill individuals and requires officers to receive regular training beyond the training required by the state of Georgia.”
DeKalb’s training, Batten added, “followed the recommended best practices of law enforcement agencies in Georgia and the United States.”