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Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks in Saginaw

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(08/31/12) - The Milton Hall police shooting has received national and international attention.

It has even sparked a visit by a civil rights leader. Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke in Saginaw Friday.

Jackson brought his non-violent and call to action message to the Greater Coleman Temple of God in Christ.

Police say Hall, a mentally ill man, was holding a knife and acting aggressively when he was killed.

"We need relief, emergency relief," Jackson said. "This really is not about black or white, people who care must come together."

Friday was Rev. Jackson's first visit to Saginaw.

The civil rights activist met with local leaders to discuss the rise of violence in Saginaw. Just Wednesday night, a 6-year-old girl was shot and killed, and last month, six police officers shot and killed Hall.

"The idea that one young man was shot at 46 times, hit eight, in the daylight, by police who must be held to a higher standard. The Governor needs to convene a summit meeting to talk about violence, causes and cures," Jackson said.

The Greater Coleman Temple of God in Christ hosted Jackson's visit. Together with other pastors, politicians and residents believe answers to Saginaw's toughest questions can be found.

"This is an internationally known figure that's come to our town to help us talk about something that's bothering us," said Pastor Hurley Coleman. "We have a wonderful aggregation of groups and ministers and community leaders who are working together, not just to solve Milton Hall's death, but it's all of the things that are included in it.

"At the end of the day, what we want to come out of this is more awareness and an action plan to move forward," said Rep. Stacey Erwin-Oakes of Saginaw.

We are still awaiting the ruling on whether the Hall's shooting was justified or if excessive force was used. Prosecutor Mike Thomas says it is possible the investigation could be wrapped up by next week, but gave no firm timeline.

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