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Community, religious leaders plan to move forward after Milton Hall investigation

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(09/13/12) - Saginaw Community leaders are reacting to Wednesday's ruling in the Milton Hall investigation.

The Saginaw County Prosecutor says the police officers who shot and killed the homeless man would not face criminal charges.

On July 1, police were called to a plaza in Saginaw where they found Hall with a knife and acting aggressive.

Investigators say officers fired more than 40 times, hitting Hall 11 times.

Some local pastors and community leaders who have been following this case say they're not going to let the case rest until justice is served.

Some community leaders say they're not pleased with the legal ruling that has been made in the Milton Hall Police shooting case.

"Other means of methods could have been used. The Taser," said Gary Loster, a spokesperson from Concerned Citizens of Saginaw.

He says there are a number of things that have to be done in order for city leaders to move forward.

"The police officers have to be addressed. There are calls for them to be dismissed immediately but even beyond that is the protocol, in terms of the use of deadly force. Weapons specific. Training for people who have mental problems," he said.

Pastors plan to follow up with city manager Darnell Earley about which steps to take from here.

Earley released a statement saying his department will focus on the report given Wednesday by the Michigan State Attorney General's Office, The Michigan State Police and the Saginaw County Prosecutor.

He says they will review the details and determine whether there should be any disciplinary action against the officers.

"We're going to stay on them until they represent our community like they have promised to do," he said.

Bishop Zachary Williamson says despite the outcome, the Milton Hall shooting is still bringing city leaders closer.

"I think that the clergy of Saginaw is probably stronger and unified now than anytime I've ever seen it. The thing that seem that could have divided have actually brought us closer together," Williamson said.

Loster says on Monday, Congressman John Conyers will be coming to Saginaw at 6 p.m. at Word of Faith Church to hold a public forum, which will also include witnesses to the shooting.

Those officers involved remain on desk duty.

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