Milton Hall was a 49-year-old homeless man who suffered from a mental illness. In July of 2012, he was gunned down by police in a manner the ACLU likened to a “firing squad.” Now, his mother has spoken about the incident in a video published to the ACLU YouTube Michigan channel.
Hall was brandishing a knife when he was struck 11 times on July 1, 2012. In total, the officers fired 47 rounds at the man, striking him and killing him. A separate investigation led to no charges for the officers at either state or federal level. Stripped of any sort of justice, Hall’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Saginaw. According to court records, the case was settled on March 14 for $725,000.
How much is your life worth?
Jewel Hall, Milton Hall’s mother, sat down with the ACLU for an interview published to the group’s Michigan YouTube Channel on Monday. In the interview, Hall called the murder of her son a “tragedy” and an “assassination.”
“Justice has not been served,” Hall said. “He had no idea those policemen would do that to him.”
The video, which has been viewed nearly 28,000 since it was posted, starts with Jewel Hall showing a picture of Milton Hall with civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Hall is an activist in Albuquerque. She described her son as similar to her and as being an individual who “was always there speaking for who he considered the weak.”
She also notes that her son’s mental illness manifested when he was in his mid-20s; despite this, “he lived his life independently.”
Dash cam footage from the police cruiser showing the shooting, along with audio pulled from a bystander filming nearby, is included in the video.
Hall adds that “”It was devastating to the community. To everybody.”
A mentally ill man brandishing a knife confronting the police? I’m not so sure about the “mentally ill” part, but I could swear that I’ve heard this story before, just with a very different ending.
You can watch the video below: