Olsen Firing Appeal Under Way
Civil Service Commission hearing testimony in case of APD officer terminated for fatal shooting of Kevin Brown
In his opening statement on Feb. 19, Olsen's attorney Tom Stribling told the three-member commission that Olsen had a duty to investigate the report of a patron carrying a weapon and that he did not violate any department policy in how he handled the situation. Indeed, he noted Brown also contributed to the dangerous situation by unlawfully carrying a weapon and then choosing to scuffle with and subsequently flee from Olsen. But City Attorney Mike Cronig argues Olsen's actions were sloppy and not in keeping with department training – deciding to go into the crowd outside Chester's without waiting for backup to arrive (additional officers were just seconds away, he noted) was risky at best.
Olsen was trailed by his partner, Officer Ivan Ramos, Cronig noted, but Olsen failed to advise Ramos about what Brown looked like, leaving Ramos ignorant and leaving both of them vulnerable to attack by an "anti-police" crowd of patrons that could have decided to "turn" on the officers. Testimony continues today.