After listening to public outcry from a packed council chamber at the first meeting of Saginaw City Council since the July 1st police shooting of Milton Hall, 49 of Saginaw, councilman Norman C. Braddock called for a federal investigation, saying the "community is traumatized".
Six Saginaw Police officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the current Michigan State Police investigation of the incident, but police have said Hall was holding a knife and "acting aggressively" when they shot him in self defense on Saginaw's west side.
Anger at tonight 's meeting was driven by media reports that Hall was shot by police 46 times and that police microphones and cameras didn't work the night of the incident. Saginaw Police and Michigan State Police have refused NBC25 requests for comment pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
Saginaw Pastor Robert Davis Junior says the officers should not be paid while on leave. "Why are the officers at home on vacation on taxpayer dollars?" said Davis, "I ask that the mayor, city council, chief of police, whomever, take them off the payroll until the investigation is complete."
Saginaw area NAACP representative Terry Pruitt also spoke and asked that the officers and their levels of training for lethal force situations be revealed. Pruitt also described the lethal force as "excessive".
Hall has been described as "homeless" but the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting this evening that his mother, Jewell Hall, says her son Milton had a Saginaw apartment. In the same article the paper also reports that Hall is the son of an Albuquerque, NM activist who has crusaded for investigations of over 24 officer-involved shootings in the Albuquerque area since 2010.