Mother of unarmed man speaks for first time since officer shoots - CBS46 News

Mother of unarmed man speaks for first time since officer shoots, kills son

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The mother of an unarmed man spoke for the first time since her son was shot and killed by a DeKalb County police officer.

Carolyn Baylor Giumo had a hard time visiting the makeshift memorial at the site where her son, 27-year-old Anthony Hill, was shot and killed by DeKalb County Police Officer Stephen Olsen. Weeks after Hill died, Giumo visited the scene for the second time in two days.

"Being right here makes me stronger in the fight for justice for him," Giumo said.

But she somehow found strength through sadness as she remembered that fateful night on March 9 when Hill, a black man and Air Force veteran, was shot and killed by Officer Olsen as Hill was acting erratically while walking naked through his apartment complex.

Giumo said her son had bipolar disorder and was unarmed.

"My son was disrobed so he didn't have any weapons or anything," Giumo said. "He (Olsen) didn't even ask him (Hill) any questions or anything, you know? He just jumped to the last thing you do."

Giumo said she hadn't heard from DeKalb County police since the shooting. She also said the VA hospital treating her son was difficult to deal with for him and her.

Hill's grandmother wants people to remember him in happier times.

"He was a loving, caring person. He loved children, he loved people," Theola Baylor said.

Happy thoughts are mixed with sadness as Carolyn Baylor Giumo begins her battle for justice at the site where it all began.

"I want the answers. I want the truth. I don't want them to hide anything, the police department. I don't want this to happen to any other family," Giumo said.

CBS46 contacted DeKalb County police, but they had no comment and said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was now handling the investigation.

The GBI told CBS46 the investigation continued. In a written statement to CBS46, a spokesperson for the Atlanta VA medical center said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hill family during this very difficult time. However, we cannot comment on specific details about this Veteran's medical care due to patient privacy."

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