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Community members, city councilors talk about Milton Hall's death

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(09/25/12) - The Milton Hall case continues to dominate Saginaw City Council meetings. Tuesday night, a number of citizens and council members shared their thoughts about the situation, nearly three months after Hall's death.

"It's our responsibility for what we've let this community come to, and we all can do something," said Saginaw resident Saleem Mannan.

While some spoke out against all the violence on city streets, others focused on the aftermath of the Hall shooting, upset that the officers involved were not criminally charged, and remain on the job.

"Putting them back on the streets is a slap in the face for Milton, and the community," said one Saginaw woman.

Others spoke up for the police. "Those fine six officers that did the job you paid them for," said Saginaw County resident Jack Schmidt.

"During the announcement of the city's findings, none of you supported or defended the officers, you should all be ashamed of yourselves," added another Saginaw woman.

Council member Larry Coulouris has concerns too. "Where was the families, the relatives, the clergy, and the close friends of Milton Hall when he was on the street."

And while that debate continues, others want to take the negative energy from the Hall case and turn it into something positive.

"Who would have ever thought that Milton Hall would make this much of a difference in our community, and we will be a better place because of him," said City Councilor Dennis Browning.

"And I will continue to have faith that Saginaw can solve the problem and be an inspiration for Detroit, Benton Harbor, Pontiac and the other cities. I believe we can do that," Mannan said.

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