October 30, 2014 10:15 am
A video obtained by the ACLU shows a black homeless man being shot to death by eight cops while holding a small folding knife.
Milton Hall, 49, was described as a “mentally ill African-American man” who worked as a “community worker, and he was always there speaking out for those whom he considered the weak, for those who did not have the strength to speak for themselves.”
In July of 2012 in Saginaw, Michigan, Hall was filmed holding a pocket knife after arguing with police about a fight he’d had with a store clerk.
During the video, eight officers approached Hall and demanded that he drop the small knife, but he refused. After a span of about 10 seconds, the officers opened fire on Hall.
In total, they fired 46 bullets at the mentally disturbed homeless man. He was hit 14 times.
Officers can also be seen attempting to handcuff a clearly dead Hall.
“For him to be shot at 46 times and hit 14 times by all white policemen, it really raised questions in my mind. How they circled him and assassinated him,” said Jewel Hall during an ACLU interview. “One policeman, after he was on the ground, turned him over, handcuffed him, and put his foot on his back.”
She added: “And he wasn’t a threat, I mean, he had a little penknife. He had no idea that those policemen would do that to him.”
Eric Holder’s Justice Department investigated the case and said it failed to find“sufficient evidence of willful misconduct.”
Watch the video below: