The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's award-winning Breakdown podcast returns.
In this season — our seventh — we’ll examine the deadly police shooting of Afghanistan war veteran Anthony Hill.
Hill was not only unarmed when he was gunned down in March 2015, he was naked. The 28-year-old was struggling with bipolar disorder and was off his medication.
But Police Officer Chip Olsen didn’t know that when he responded to a 911 call about a nude man wandering around a metro Atlanta apartment complex in the middle of the afternoon.
When Hill came at Olsen, the officer fired. Was it self defense? Or murder?
Breakdown’s host Bill Rankin, the AJC’s veteran courts and legal affairs reporter, will be back this season. He’ll be joined by AJC public safety reporter Christian Boone, who has followed this story since the beginning.
The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems.
In it, the largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations, legal insights and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.
One of our previous seasons chronicled the murder trial of Justin Ross Harris, the Cobb County dad convicted of killing his toddler son by leaving him in a hot car.
In the podcast’s inaugural season, Rankin outlined problems in the case against Justin Chapman, who had spent eight years behind bars for setting a fire that killed his elderly neighbor.
The podcast’s last season “A Jury of His Peers” featured AJC Editor Kevin Riley and won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award.
In this season — “Judgment Call” — we’ll follow Officer Olsen’s murder trial from start to finish.
We’ll give you unprecedented access to the inner workings of a fascinating case that explores the issues of mental illness and health care for military veterans.
We’ll explain why it’s so rare for police to be prosecuted when they kill in the line of duty.
You’ll get to know Hill’s close-knit family and devoted girlfriend. You’ll even hear from Hill himself, through exclusive access to his music.
You’ll also be able to listen to Officer Olsen explain his decision to pull his gun then recounts, in harrowing detail, how he watched Anthony Hill die.
As police shootings continue to draw scrutiny around the nation, Hill’s story raises provocative questions about race and the criminal justice system.
Hill was black; Olsen is white.
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