NAACP wants 'due process' in the death investigation of Milton Hall
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
Several Saginaw community members have questions about why police shot and killed Milton Hall, a homeless Saginaw man, last week.
Vice president of the Saginaw NAACP, Terry Pruitt, is one of those people who wonders if police used excessive force or were just doing their job.
Police say Hall was shot at more than 40 times at a Saginaw shopping center and hit several times. Investigators went on to say Hall threatened officers with a knife.
Pruitt wants a complete investigation done to determine if the police actions were warranted.
"We want to make sure that as they go forward with the investigation, that all the facts are uncovered, that the investigation is fair and impartial and that Prosecutor (Mike) Thomas makes the right decision for Saginaw," Pruitt said.
Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas has yet to receive the Michigan State Police investigation into the shooting of Hall.
"It's still not done, we haven't received a written report yet, when we get it, we will sit down and do our job," said Thomas.
Several community members, including a city council member, want this shooting to be a federal investigation. Pruitt was at the Saginaw City Council meeting Monday night with dozens of other people calling for justice for Hall, but Pruitt says right now, he stands behind Thomas and believes he will make the right decisions once some questions are answered. But Pruitt is also going to keep a close eye on this case.
"The NAACP and I think many community leaders are going to be very interested in seeing what the report looks like. I think based on the results of that and the decisions that come out of the prosecutor's office, I think those will guide the next steps for us," said Pruitt.
Pruitt said as the investigation moves forward and he believes there could be any hint of injustice, the NAACP is prepared to bring in outside legal support to make sure that the county "gets due process, due course" for Hall.
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