ACLU asks Justice Department to investigate Saginaw Police Department
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:10:01 GMT —
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has asked the Justice Department to expand its investigation in the Saginaw Police Department and look at what they call a "pattern of racial profiling."
Right now the Justice Department is looking into the police shooting death of Milton Hall on July 1, 2012.
Six Saginaw police officers were suspended over the incident, however they were later reinstated after an investigation. One officer was given a demotion. Two others received a written reprimand.
In August of 2012, the Federal Justice Department's Civil Rights division began their own investigation into the shooting.
According to the ACLU, the Saginaw Police Department has a program similar to the "stop and frisk" tactics that were used by the New York City Police Department until a Federal Court ruled the practice unconstitutional. The ACLU says Saginaw police stake out certain communities in the city and stop people for minor infractions, like jaywalking. The ACLU says the police then search the person, ask them about other crimes, and get their identification.
The Milton Hall case has received national attention in the past, with Rev. Jesse Jackson weighing in on the case.
The City of Saginaw also spent close to $15,000 for diversity training for city employees, including the police department.
Tonight at 6, NBC25's Walter Smith-Randolph speaks with a former mayor of Saginaw, the current mayor of Saginaw, the head of the local NAACP and the mother of Milton Hall.