Rev. Al Sharpton issues statement on Milton Hall investigation
Shooting scene on July 1
Pray group gathers at shooting scene
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
Viral YouTube video released last week by CNN has some civil rights and community leaders calling for immediate action and justice for the family of Milton Hall.
The video that went viral shows Hall arguing and surrounded by police, when officers fired off at least 46 rounds killing him.
>>The video clip above shows police firing at Hall -- the clip is graphic in nature<<
The deadly shooting occurred July 1 in the parking lot of the Riverview Plaza Shopping Center. Police say Hall, who was homeless, made aggressive movements toward officers.
In all, five police officers and one sergeant were placed on paid administrative leave while the case was initially investigated.
The latest round of public peaceful protests is planned for Monday in front of Saginaw police headquarters. The event is expected to run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
National Action Network Michigan Civil Rights Leader Rev. Charles Williams II is also scheduled to hold a news conference in Detroit regarding Hall's death.
"My office has received many calls from Saginaw residents and family members of Mr. Hall, with many questions including whether the officers are still working and being paid, 58 days later and still no answers is unacceptable," Williams said in a written statement.
The news conference began Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Historic King Solomon Baptist Church, 6100 14th Street.
"We are praying for the family, and we are also pleased that the Department of Justice has taken interest in this case," Rev. Al Sharpton said in a new release. "Our National office as well as our Michigan Chapter of NAN will be meeting with local officials and leaders to help the family and community find clarity and closure to this instance of clear police brutality."
The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality also announced its continuing efforts to gain a full report regarding the fatal shooting of Hall.
Members of the Coalition have spoken to community and family members who have been "dissatisfied with the slow pace of the investigation" by the Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office.
The Coalition is joining the community's call for federal intervention in the case, said Coalition spokesperson Ron Scott.
"We have offered the benefit of our resources, our investigators and organizational resources to support the leadership of the community in this effort," he said. "It is only through their leadership that true justice in this horrific matter will emerge."
WNEM TV5 will have the latest coverage of the Milton Hall investigation beginning today at noon.
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