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Detroit reverend demands answers from Saginaw homeless man police shooting investigation

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(08/27/12) - A police shooting rocked the Saginaw community early July, and now leaders from as far as Detroit are crying out for justice.

It's been more than eight weeks since police shot and killed a homeless man, Milton Hall.

Monday, a National Action Network Civil rights leader from Detroit spoke to the Saginaw City Council, demanding answers.

Questions and accusations surround the death of Hall. Six police shot at the homeless man 46 times in a Saginaw shopping plaza, saying he was acting aggressive, but witnesses say his hands were up.

That's what brings Reverend Charles Williams II to Monday night's city council meeting.

"There's no way in the world these officers should be getting paid by these tax payers' dollars right now," he said.

He preaches in Detroit, and says the issue reaches far beyond Mid-Michigan.

"If these officers stay on the job, there will be a mass national mobilization here in Saginaw, Michigan and that's the bottom line," Williams said.

An investigation into the shooting hasn't yielded any results. Saginaw Pastor Cirven Merrill is asking everyone to stay peaceful, regardless of the results of the investigation.

"They get a, quote on quote, vigilante mind set and want justice themselves, they go out in the community and start tearing up the community," he said.

And we should get those answers within days. The investigation by the state police, the Saginaw County Prosecutor's office and the state's Attorney General office is expected to be wrapped up this week.

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