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Protesters Camp Outside DeKalb Court For Anthony Hill Case

Jan 19, 2016

As the temperature dropped Monday night, dozens of protesters were setting up camp outside the DeKalb County Courthouse. They hope to draw attention to the case of Anthony Hill, the veteran who was fatally shot by a DeKalb County police officer last year.

One of the groups behind the protest, Rise Up Georgia, says people will be sleeping outside the courthouse until Thursday -- when a grand jury will consider whether the officer, Robert Olsen, should face criminal charges.

"We want to make sure we hold that the grand jury accountable, that they know we're here, that we care,” said Reed Gallman, a Georgia State student. “You know, we're out here for days in the cold."

Gallman said they will maintain a 24-hour presence at the courthouse in shifts. He is staying a couple nights himself.

Bridget Anderson, who was Anthony Hill's girlfriend, was there as people set up tents. She says she plans to stay outside the courthouse with the protesters later this week.
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  Some are contributing in other ways, like Tiffany Smith. She said she is on call, bringing supplies as needed.

"For me, it's just like it's right here near us," Smith said. "Why shouldn't I be a part and why shouldn't I do the little piece that I can, so that I can see justice and see something that I believe in?"

Bridget Anderson, who was Hill's girlfriend, was there as they set up tents.

"It's an amazing feeling to see all these people out here in -- what is it - -19 degree weather supporting a person that they didn't even know," Anderson said.

It was last March when Officer Robert Olsen, who is white, responded to a call of a man behaving erratically at an apartment complex and fatally shot Hill, a 27-year-old black man.

Hill's family has said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.