The family of Anthony Hill, an African-American man who was shot and killed by police on March 9, wants him to be remembered as a compassionate individual who was pursuing his musician dreams and served his country as a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Hill's loved ones also want justice and are opening their own investigation into his death, Reuters reported Wednesday. He was last seen running naked around an apartment complex and was unarmed when police opened fire on him.
“I want to find the truth,” said Hill’s mother, Carolyn Baylor-Giummo, to reporters. “I don’t want this swept under the rug. We want truth and we want justice.”
His family believes he was having a mental episode before he was killed. The 27-year-old was open about having an mental illness and wanted to help others facing the same battle, his family says.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate Hill's death.
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 an 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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