3 police officers to be disciplined in connection to Milton Hall shooting
The City of Saginaw's acting Police Chief Brian Lipe addresses reporters.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
The city of Saginaw held a news conference Friday regarding their internal investigation into the Milton Hall shooting.
As a result of that investigation and at the recommendation of Acting Police Chief Brian Lipe, three Saginaw Police officers will be disciplined for violating department policies in connection to the shooting.
The supervisor at the scene that July 1st day, a sergeant in rank at the time, was demoted to the position of patrol officer. City officials say the then supervisor failed to take control and command of the scene.
Two of the patrol officers at the scene received written reprimands for not turning on the audio device associated with the mobile video taping system on their police cruiser.
The other three officers involved in the Hall shooting were not disciplined.
City manager Darnell Earley said an administrative review task force that handled the internal investigation said the task force took into account the Michigan State police investigation, as well as the findings from Saginaw County prosecutor Mike Thomas.
The news conference had some heated moments after statements were made by Lipe and City Manager Darnell Earley. Many of the questions from the crowd were fiery in nature and pushed Lipe to defend his department's handling of the situation.
WNEM.com will be posting the news conference in its raw form shortly.
Earley made the following statement regarding the investigation on Thursday:
"This has been a very challenging situation for the entire community. Nevertheless, it was imperative that we examine all available policy and guideline sources to determine how best to respond to this issue from an employer/employee relationship perspective with an objective, comprehensive, transparent, and focused view of the facts. I am satisfied that this has been accomplished and I hereby concur with Chief Lipes' recommendations."
On July 1, six Saginaw police officers shot and killed Hall in the parking lot of the Riverview Plaza shopping center. Officers were initially called to the scene on a report that Hall had spit on a clerk at a nearby convenience store. During the course of about a half hour, the scene escalated.
Police officials said Hall, armed with a knife, made threatening moves at the officers. The confrontation between police and Hall erupted into at least 46 shots fired at the homeless man who was known to have mental issues.
The officers involved were suspended with pay for 30 days and then returned to the job and were put on desk duty.
Last week Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas said there wasn't enough credible evidence to file criminal charges against the six officers involved in Hall's shooting death.
Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we learn more about the finding of the internal investigation.
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