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Settlement reached between family of Milton Hall, city of Saginaw

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SAGINAW (WJRT) -

(03/17/14) - The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man shot to death by Saginaw police officers has just been settled.

Forty-nine-year-old Milton Hall died after that shooting in a shopping mall parking lot on July 1, 2012.

Hall's family filed a lawsuit this past September, but before it went to trial, a settlement was reached.

The settlement is for $725,000, and according to civil rights attorney Hugh Davis, all sides are satisfied.

The images went around the world - Milton Hall, a man with mental illness, recently released from jail, was holding a knife in a shopping mall parking lot. With police officers and a police dog surrounding him, Hall was shot and killed.

The incident sparked national outrage from civil rights groups, and eventually a federal wrongful death lawsuit from Milton Hall's family against the city of Saginaw and the police officers.

Recently confirmed U.S. Federal Judge Laurie Michelson mediated the settlement.

"It took us several hours, and finally she suggested a number that she thought was fair to both sides, and both sides accepted," Davis said.

In addition to the financial settlement, Davis, who represented the Hall family, says there were other considerations in agreeing to the deal.

"We were very interested in whether or not the city was serious about improving police community relations, better training particularly on standoff and mentally distressed individual situations, we became convinced that they were," Davis said.

Davis says he and his civil rights law firm, which has been in business for 45 years, has never seen a case like this.

"This was the most senseless death that we've seen, almost none in our view is justifiable, or else we wouldn't file the suit, but in this one, they did everything wrong," he said.

We were not able to reach a city official for comment.

Although the lawsuit has been settled, the federal court still has to approve it, and the Saginaw County Probate Court must then close out the estate of Milton Hall.

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