(08/17/12) - Hours after CNN aired cell phone video of the shooting of Milton Hall, local pastors jumped into action.
They held a prayer vigil for Hall, hoping to ease tensions after he was shot by Saginaw police on July 1.
Police say he was holding a knife in an aggressive manner.
As we await a ruling on the shooting - was it justified, or was it excessive force - there is a growing concern of what will happen after that ruling is made.
They prayed, and they sang, and it appears, keeping the peace may not be easy if everyone is not satisfied with the decision on whether Milton Hall's shooting death by Saginaw police officers was justified or not.
"I have heard it said we are sitting on a powder keg and that may be true, but our community is waiting for definitive answer. Please tell us what happened and why," said Former Saginaw City Councilman Charles Coleman.
Doloris Mixon went to school with Milton Hall and has seen the video of the shooting.
"I pray that the Lord keeps his hand on the circumstance, but this is ridiculous," Mixon said.
So has Pastor Robert Davis.
"Quite disturbing. You know, we heard about it, but to actually see it, it pulled and tugged at my heart as well, and I'm praying for the officers as well," Davis said.
Coleman says this prayer vigil was intended to keep the peace, now and in the future.
"My preference would be that we don't show the video a whole lot because the video will incite situations that we don't need," he said.
Michigan State Police trooper Yvonne Brantley was praying, and not just for peaceful closure in the Milton Hall case.
"There is more that this particular incident going on in Saginaw," she said. "You have a lot of violence in Saginaw."
But the Milton Hall story is getting the most attention, and at this point, the most concern is when a ruling is handed down.
"We want us to remain strong, and put it in God's hands, no matter what happens, it's got to be in God's hands, so yes, I'm very concerned," Davis said.
Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas says the investigation by the State Police and the Attorney General's office should be done by the end of the month.
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