Cops turn to mental health experts after shooting - WNEM TV 5

Cops turn to mental health experts after shooting

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SAGINAW, MI (AP) -

The fatal shooting of a man by Saginaw police has led to changes in how law enforcers work with a mental health agency.

The agency has updated its policies on how authorities should respond to someone with mental health issues before confrontations develop.

Police say Milton Hall refused to drop a knife before he was shot 11 times in a parking lot in 2012. The shooting, recorded on video, led to a $725,000 lawsuit settlement with Hall's family. Critics say officers did a poor job in defusing the situation.

Police Chief Brian Lipe tells The Saginaw News that his department has improved communications with the county mental health agency. He says police typically didn't seek assistance unless someone was in danger or a threat to others.

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