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Saginaw Drags Feet on Killer Cops

Sep 3, 2012

Saginaw, Michigan police have been trying to make a murder committed by six cops go away–by dragging out a so-called “ongoing investigation.”

On July 1, Milton Hall was shot more than 40 times by six police officers. The officers had surrounded Hall in a strip mall parking lot. Police say Hall was wielding a 3-inch folding knife; but some witnesses say it was actually a plastic knife from a convenience store.

Whether the knife was real or plastic doesn’t change the main fact: one man with a knife did not present a threat to six officers with guns pointed at him. And a recently released video clearly shows that. Hall was standing there with his knife, not even close to any of the six cops who were surrounding him when they opened fire.

Hall was not a threat. This mentally ill man, who had taken a cup of coffee from a convenience store, was simply uncooperative, arguing with the cops. For that, he was executed by police in cold blood! Hall’s mother called it “a firing squad dressed in police uniforms.”

After the murder, the six officers were placed on administrative leave for 30 days–with pay. In early August, the six murderers went back to work, still drawing paychecks at desk jobs.

After nearly two months of waiting for some action or word, the community had had enough. Several protests have been held outside Saginaw police headquarters, drawing several hundred people each time. But the police have still said nothing.

Obviously, Saginaw police still need more convincing!