A police investigation into alleged police brutality is underway in Michigan after six officers shot a homeless man 46 times after he failed to follow their instructions in a parking lot. Amateur video captures the fatal exchange between Saginaw police and 49-year-old Milton Hall after he called the police following an argument with a convenience store clerk.
Refusing to drop a knife after repeated requests, the video shows officers unleash a volley of bullets at the agitated Hall in a move his mother, Jewel Hall Milton, described as a ‘firing squad dressed in police uniforms.’
Shot on July 1st, in the parking lot of West Genessee avenue, the investigation into the use of excessive police force by the officers has taken at least six weeks and caused anger and impatience amongst residents in the town of 50,000 in central Michigan.
Police in Saginaw said that Hall had just had a confrontation with a convenience store clerk and in the video the 49-year-old homeless man can be heard to say, ‘My name is Milton Hall, I just called 911. My name is Milton, and I’m pi**ed off.’
A female officer can be heard to say ‘Put the knife down, put the knife down’ to which Hall replies, ‘I ain’t putting sh*t down.’
Eventually Hall is seen to move to the left of the frame in the video and then is shot in a barrage of bullets of which at least 30 can be heard to ring out.
The shooting was witnessed by traffic and passers-by.
‘All of a sudden, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow…and he drops,’ said Anthony Baber, who was in his car in the parking lot when the shooting occurred.
The County Prosecutor and Saginaw police have been involved in an investigation into the shooting and Saginaw Police Chief Gerald Cliff said that Hall was ‘known to be an assaultive person’ with ‘a long history’ of involvement with authorities, ‘not only with police from our department but with the county.’
Hall had been jailed for vagrancy in the past said his cousin, Mike Washington, but, ‘He was not violent.’
Jewel Hall Milton, Hall’s mother said that her son was mentally ill and admitted to being furious with police in addition to her obvious distress.