A national civil rights group said they are prepared to take to Saginaw streets if the city council doesn't make some swift actions with the Saginaw police officers involved in the Milton Hall death.
The threats were made by Rev. Charles Williams II at Monday's city council meeting. Williams spoke on behalf of Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network, calling for action in the police-involved shooting of Hall on July 1.
"Almost seems as if they were having target practice, I think it's very unfortunate, and in fact, we're calling it a modern-day lynching," Williams said.
Williams said he has viewed the cell phone footage that shows the police's actions moments before Hall was shot and killed and said it's unacceptable it has been nearly two months since the shooting and still, nothing has been done.
"The officers who shot Mr. Hall should not be working right now. There's no way in the world these officers should be getting paid by these taxpayer dollars right now," Williams said. "If you can't hear me now, you will hear me on the streets, because we're going to march, we're going to fight, and we will not stop until we get justice for Milton Hall."
But some council members said right now the issue is being reviewed by the Saginaw County Prosecutor, the Attorney General and the Department of Justice. In fact, Council Member Andrew Wendt said once the facts are in front of the council, there will likely be some type of action taken.
"I think the big offense is that it's like we don't care and we're not doing anything, it's out of our hands right now," Wendt said.
Also at Monday night's meeting, former Council Member Willie Haynes, now president of the Ezekiel Project in Saginaw, said he wants the current council members to consider a police citizen's review board to oversee police operations to help with community relations with police officers and also help keep transparency with the department.
Board members said they will seriously consider an ordinance to put a review board in place.
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