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Officers involved in Milton Hall shooting will not face federal charges

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    (09/30/13) - A federal lawsuit has now been filed in the death of Milton Hall. He's the Saginaw man who was shot and killed by police officers in the summer of 2012. The wrongful death lawsuit has been
    The family of a Saginaw man who was shot and killed by police officers, has filed a lawsuit in federal court.
SAGINAW (WJRT) -

(02/26/14) - The U.S. Justice Department says it won't file charges against Saginaw Police officers who shot and killed a homeless man in 2012.

Milton Hall was shot by police while holding a knife and acting aggressively in a parking lot.

Hall's family and civil right's leaders say the ruling points to a bigger problem in society.

"It's not really a surprise to any of us," said Terry Pruitt, of the Saginaw Branch of the NAACP.

First, former Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas and the State Attorney General declined to prosecute the six police who fired more 40 bullets - 6 of which hit Hall and killed him in a parking lot in July of 2012.

Now, the U.S. Justice Department has determined the evidence in the case is insufficient and the police involved won't face federal charges.

"The action that those police officers took on that day can never be justified," said Terry Pruitt, 1st vice president of the Saginaw Branch of the NAACP.

Local civil rights leaders say the decision sheds light on what seems to be a disturbing trend.

"It's seems like there is a pattern starting to be created across the United States that says it's OK to kill a black man, whether it's a kid walking with skittles or whether a man (with) mental health issues in a parking lot. It seems like there is something developing that says you can do this and it will be justified," said Carl Williams, 3rd vice president of the Saginaw Branch of the NAACP.

Hall's cousin, a former police chief, agrees something has to change.

"Because this is happening more and more and you never build the rapport back with your community," said Brian Booker.

"We need to work very closely with the police department and as the NAACP, we need to demand that there are proper procedures and protocol in place so that instances like this won't happen in the future," Pruitt said.

Hall's family has filed a lawsuit against the City of Saginaw. Court records show a settlement hearing is scheduled for this month.

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