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Pastors want to address all problems facing Saginaw

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(09/25/12) - While they are still upset at recent rulings in the Milton Hall police shooting case, pastors say it's time to move forward and address all the problems facing Saginaw.

They have been vocal about how Saginaw has handled the Milton Hall shooting - from police, to the county prosecutor, to city government.

But a group of pastors says its time to be vocal about all the other violence in the city, and all of its other problems.

They say they still want to see changes at the Saginaw Police Department, but they also know a lot has to be changed in Saginaw to reduce crime.

"There is a lot of criticism about our coming together about what has happened in this parking lot," said Pastor Hurley Coleman.

Some of the criticism that Pastor Coleman is talking about is that too many people are concerned about what happened in this parking lot where Saginaw police officers shot and killed Milton Hall, and too few people are concerned about what happened in this parking lot where a teenager was shot to death this past weekend.

Several of Saginaw's 18 murder victims this year have been in their upper teens and early 20's.

"We have to begin to do something, say something, that changes the mindset of our generation, or else we are going to lose our generation," said Pastor Robert Davis.

The pastors says they plan on staying engaged, not just in the Milton Hall case, but working with city and county leaders on economic development so more young people can find jobs.

"This parking lot is the tipping point, and no matter what anyone says, this has brought this community together, and we can work on a lot of different things," Coleman said.

Pastor Davis says one of those things is getting a handle on the city's violence.

"I'm saying to these young men, these gangbangers, we are asking you, no we are demanding you to stop this ridiculous senseless crimes because our generation must be around to carry on Saginaw," Davis said.

One person encouraged by the tone of this press conference was city manager Darnell Earley.

"I think that the dialogue has been lively, lot of opinions, and at some point, the consensus should be and I think it will be, that we have to move forward, and that's a step in moving in that direction," Earley said.

This doesn't mean the rally's on the Milton Hall case are over. The Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network says it will hold a rally in Saginaw on Saturday.

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