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Fri September 21, 2012
Saginaw police officers disciplined in wake of homeless man shooting, mother still looks for answers
Earlier this month it was announced the Saginaw police officers who shot and killed a homeless, mentally ill man would not face criminal charges. 49-year-old Milton Hall was killed by Saginaw Police July 1, after police say he refused to drop a knife. Six officers fired several dozen shots at Hall.
Now we hear that some officers will be disciplined internally by the Saginaw Police Department.
The Associated Press reports that "one Saginaw police supervisor has been demoted, and two officers will be disciplined."
The case received national attention when CNN released a video that was taped from someone's cell phone of the police shooting and killing the homeless man in a parking lot.
More on the disciplinary actions from the AP:
The on-scene supervisor during the July 1 shooting of Milton Hall, 49, was reprimanded and demoted to the rank of patrolman, Acting Police Chief Brian Lipe said, and the two officers being disciplined received reprimands for not following the department’s mobile video policy.
The command officer “failed to take command and control of the situation,” Lipe said at a news conference. Some patrol car video was working, but some in-car audio wasn’t turned on and some of the microphones worn by the officers didn’t have working batteries, he said.
All officers will return to active duty.
CNN reports that Milton Hall's mother, Jewel Hall, is conducting her own investigation into her son's death with her attorney.
They are requesting access to additional documents as well as the autopsy report.
In a statement released through her attorney, Hall said she was "disappointed in the prosecutor's report finding that the actions of the six Saginaw police officers who so brutally shot and killed my son, Milton Hall, were justified."
"If there is any benefit to come from Milton's tragic death, we would hope that it would be to raise awareness of the challenges confronting the Saginaw Police Department and Saginaw elected officials," she said in the statement. "The challenges are serious, systemic, wide-ranging and deeply rooted."