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Protest of Milton Hall shooting takes place at Saginaw Police Department

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(08/06/12) - The latest gathering - to protest the Saginaw police shooting of a man - is right on the doorsteps of the Saginaw Police Department.

Close to five weeks have passed since the shooting of Milton Hall.

The state's Attorney General's office is still conducting interviews through an investigative subpoena process.

While that process continues, a protest was held outside the police department.

It was last week when we told you the six police officer's whose role in the shooting is under investigation were back at work, in a limited capacity.

That's not sitting well with everyone.

About a dozen or so people were outside the Saginaw Police Department in the heart of the city, holding signs, frustrated that the investigation into the shooting of 49-year-old Milton Hall continues, and while it continues, the six officers who were on paid administrative leave for their roles in the incident, are back to work, not on the road, but performing light-duty work within the department.

"The city manager, our city council, don't get it. They can't get it because they are bringing these people back to work," said Cirven Merrill.

This protest was also being held to remember Bobby Merrill, Cirven Merrill's nephew, who was tasered by police in April, and died a short time later. An autopsy showed Merrill died from excessive amounts of cocaine and alcohol. Police officers were cleared in his death. But the Hall case is getting the most attention.

"Our city is about to explode. We are trying to do everything we can by peaceful mean to prevent this from happening," Merrill said.

Merrill says protests like these are not inflaming the situation.

"Are we inflaming by keeping it in the people's mind and hearts? Yes, we are, we want it to be in the people's minds and hearts," Merrill said.

"I want the prosecutor to be un-biased," said Antoine Ringold.

Ringold has that request, and also wants city government to do more in stopping murders in Saginaw, where the homicide count has surpassed last year's total.

"They want to convict, they want to incarcerate, what about to prevent, preventative measures should be taken so there won't be killings, but they are not doing enough," Ringold said.

Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas says the joint investigation between his office, the Michigan State Police and the Attorney General's office is not yet complete.

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