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Congressman John Conyers listens to witnesses of Milton Hall police shooting

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(09/17/12) - Many in the Saginaw community are unhappy with the ruling in the Milton Hall case, and Monday, they were hoping to seek justice by pleading their case before a member of Congress.

It was just last week Saginaw County prosecutor Mike Thomas ruled the police officers who shot and killed Hall in a plaza parking lot would not face criminal charges.

Officers fired more than 40 times, hitting Hall 11 times, after they say he refused to put down a knife, and was acting aggressively.

Monday, the Saginaw community took their frustrations with the ruling to Congressman John Conyers.

"We are calling for the immediate dismissal of those officers and charges to be brought against them," said Gary Loster, Concerned Citizens for Saginaw spokesperson.

That's why Concerned Citizens for Saginaw invited congressman Conyers to a public forum Monday evening.

As the ranking member of the Committee on the Judiciary, they want him to hear what happened to Hall, straight from witnesses.

"There are people inside the city and outside the city doing everything they can to bring this episode to a close and to make sure something like this never happens again," Conyers said.

One by one, witnesses gave their accounts of what they saw and heard that day in Riverview Plaza.

"He had his hands up from what I saw and I can only state what I see," said Tabitha Petty, a witness to the shooting.

Conyers listened to their testimony and will decide if this is something his committee can help with.

He says this issue is heading to Washington. It'll go in front of the Congressional Black Caucus this week.

"We want to try to deal with it as effectively as we can to the satisfaction of all the citizens," Conyers said.

Loster will be testifying in front of the Congressional Black Caucus this Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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