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Ruling expected soon in Milton Hall police shooting

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SAGINAW (WJRT) -

(08/30/12) - Pastors, politicians and residents continue to wait on a ruling in the Milton Hall police shooting case.

Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas has told ABC12 News in the past that the investigation would be complete by the end of the month, but it now appears it could wrap up next week.

More witnesses have come forward and are still being interviewed.

It was on July 1 when the 49-year-old Hall, a mentally ill man, was shot by police in a shopping plaza parking lot.

The investigation will determine if the shooting was justified or if excessive force was used.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson is coming to Saginaw Friday, various federal, state and local entities are now looking at the case, and a think tank is being formed to examine violence in Saginaw.

As the Milton Hall investigation continues inside the Saginaw County building, several people gathered outside - including Gary Loster of Concerned Citizens of Saginaw. He says a think tank, the Saginaw Institute of Justice, will be developed.

"The senseless, random killings and the violence that is occurring with our youth today is number one," Loster said just hours after a 6-year-old girl was shot and killed in the city.

But Loster says the think tank will also look at how society and police deal with the mentally ill, people like Milton Hall.

"There needs to be a comprehensive plan, which is missing, with lack of leadership in all those areas to produce a program that is going to help alleviate this problem," he said.

Meanwhile, the call continues for people to remain calm while the Hall investigation continues.

"We have to remain steadfast and believe that our absolute effort is to get justice without violence, without further insurrection, without further trouble," said Pastor Hurley Coleman of the Coleman Temple Church of God.

Brian Booker, who used to work the Saginaw Police Department and with some of the officers involved in the shooting, is Milton Hall's cousin.

"Milton was a loner, he liked to be left alone," Booker said. "I'm shocked and somewhat disappointed in what happened."

He says he believes there will be peace after a ruling is made. "We'll deal with whatever decision is made, but you have to make, one, you know, 60 days, you have to make one."

Jesse Jackson is expected to be in Saginaw around noon for a luncheon at the Coleman Temple Church of God just off of Bay Road in Saginaw.

The community is invited to a forum with the Reverend at 5 p.m. Friday.

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