A police officer shot and killed an African-American man named Anthony Hill, 27, who was running around naked, acting "deranged" and "crawling around" his apartment complex on Monday in Dekalb, Georgia, 11Alive.com reports.
Hill's behavior was possibly caused by a mental illness, county police chief Cedric Alexander told reporters. An officer reportedly encountered Hill in a parking lot. The man ran toward the officer who ordered Hill to stop. The officer then shot Hill two times.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was asked to look into whether the officer used unnecessary force on Hill, when the officer had pepper spray available.
In the past year, there have been several incidents of African-American women and men with mental illnesses who have been killed after having encounters with police officers. In January, Mathew Ajidabe died after police placed him in a restraining chair while he was a having a manic episode.
Tanesha Anderson of Cleveland was reportedly bipolar and schizophrenic and died following a altercation with officers in November. In Milwaukee, a police officer fatally shot 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton 14 times in May after the officer instigated a fight. Hamilton was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
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