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Police Kill Unarmed, Naked Man Near Atlanta

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A white police officer shot and killed an unarmed, naked and possibly mentally ill black man outside an Atlanta apartment complex Monday.

Police say the man, who was behaving erratically, ran at the officer and allegedly did not stop when he was ordered to. The officer, who armed with a taser, chose to shoot the man instead. The man, 27-year-old Anthony Hill, is reportedly the third unarmed African American who has been shot and killed by police since last Friday.

According to Reuters:

A Dekalb County police officer responded to a caller who said a man was “acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around on the ground naked,” on Monday around 1 p.m. local time, county police chief Cedric Alexander told reporters.

The officer encountered the man, who was not wearing any clothes, in the parking lot, Alexander said at a conference published online by local broadcaster Fox5.

Alexander said the man ran at the officer, who backed up and ordered the person to stop before shooting him twice. Police did not find a weapon at the scene, he said.

Monday’s shooting comes after a string of killings of unarmed black men by police in the United States. Last year, incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City prompted nationwide protests, some of which turned violent.

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