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Video: 8 Cops Fire 45 Shots at 1 Mentally Ill Homeless Man

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Saginaw Police Dept

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a disturbing video of a police shooting. It shows eight officers of the Saginaw, Michigan Police Department lined up against Milton Hall, a mentally ill homeless man. There's a brief stand-off in a vacant parking lot, in which Hall pulls out a pocketknife, then the law enforcement agents fire 45 bullets at Hall, hitting him 14 times, even as he drops to the pavement, but it doesn't end there.

"One policeman, after [Hall] was on the ground, turned him over, handcuffed him, and put his foot on his back," says Jewel Hall, the mother of the 45-year-old homeless man. "And his blood is running down the street like water."

According to the ACLU, Hall only pulled out the knife because "a police dog began snarling and lunging at" him.

One has to wonder why the eight officers did not see fit to disarm Hall in a non-lethal way.

The shooting took place in July of 2012, but the organization explains why it remains relevant to this day:

In March 2014, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DoJ) declined to file federal charges against the Saginaw police officers who shot and killed Milton Hall because they claimed "this tragic event does not present sufficient evidence of willful misconduct to lead to a federal criminal prosecution." To prosecute the officers, it is necessary to prove not only that Hall's Fourth Amendment rights were violated by the use of excessive force, but also that the officers "willfully" set out to deprive him of those rights. …

The ACLU of Michigan testified that disagrees with the DOJ's decision not to prosecute, citing Supreme Court precedent indicating that an officer "recklessly disregarding" a person's rights can meet the "willfulness" standard regardless of the officer's frame of mind, calling for an expanded investigation into the practices of the Saginaw police and citing worries about an apparent pattern of racial profiling. 

On Monday the ACLU "testified… before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) about the failure of the U.S. Justice Department to prosecute officers involved in the unjustified police shooting death."

Although the DoJ declined to file charges in March, Jewel did receive $725,00 in a civil lawsuit settlement with the department, reports MLive.com

The Huffington Post explains that "the [IACHR] has no real authority over the U.S. Yet Michael Steinberg, legal director of the ACLU of Michigan, said he hopes the hearing will serve 'as a wake-up call for the desperate need to address police misconduct against the black citizens of this country,'" and that "The power behind these international tribunals is to draw attention to the problem and to put pressure on the United States to abide by human rights principles."

You can watch the dashcam video here:

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  1. Yet Michael Steinberg, legal director of the ACLU of Michigan, said he hopes the hearing will serve ‘as a wake-up call for the desperate need to address police misconduct against the black citizens of this country,'” and that “The power behind these international tribunals is to draw attention to the problem and to put pressure on the United States to abide by human rights principles.”

    I guess if you are not black, or not a citizen, you can go ahead and get filled full of bullets.

    1. Please, if he were a white foreigner they would use kid gloves like they always do. They’d simply have given him a group hug and brought him down to the hospital.

      /sarc

    2. Race is one of three topics (the others being abortion and Republicans’ foreign policy) on which it’s acceptable to question the omnibenevolence of government.

    3. I guess if you are not black, or not a citizen, you can go ahead and get filled full of bullets.

      Is that this white priviledge I keep hearing about?

    4. Those are some fatter than normal cops.

  2. One has to wonder why the eight officers did not see fit to disarm Hall in a non-lethal way.

    Um, because they’re heroes, and that’s what heroes do?

    1. Those bullets were only a few days away from their expiration date.

    2. Necessity is the mother of invention.

      They ran out of paper targets and the next order hadn’t arrived yet.

  3. Almost one-third of the bullets hit their target? That sounds unlikely.

    1. No it sounds about right. At that distance (which is really quite short), all the shooters (non-cop) I know from the shooting range would have hit him in the 80-90% range.

  4. It’s coming.

    1. Christmas?

      1. Just saw my first Christmas ad on television last night.

  5. Obey or die.

  6. The only hope in situations such as this is to always be sure to keep a pack of dogs with you and dispense them like chaff. 8-10 dogs running around barking will confuse their targeting systems and while they’re busy blasting away at the dogs you can slip away unnoticed. With any luck the dogs will get in among them and they’ll end up shooting each other.

    Craven cowardice on display. Fuck these assholes.

    1. This made me laugh.

      So the male equivalent of the crazy cat lady then?

      1. Does the cat lady have a good reason for being surrounded by cats?

    2. This is an excellent idea.

      A confusing swarm of pit chihuahuas.

      1. A confusing swarm of pit chihuahuas.

        That would be a lot of cop pee to clean up.

    3. Almost sounds like the Zapp Branigan strategy. I like it.

  7. How in the world does someone see that video and at least not fire the cops?

    1. Well the Mayor is a former cop, so there is that.

    2. Frank’s got an answer:

      http://www.politico.com/magazi…..12160.html

  8. One has to wonder why the eight officers did not see fit to disarm Hall in a non-lethal way.

    Not much to wonder about. A great many of the people who seek out to be police officers do so because they want to kill people. It’s really that simple.

  9. How is this not a gangland murder? The fucking scum stand around in a circle and then murder the guy?

    Killing a guard on his way to a concentration camp would have been justifiable violence. How is one of these shit stains any different? They are not. They intend to murder. They deserve to die.

  10. Most of the shots were after his hands were up, and another ~9 shots were while he was motionless on the ground.

    And 31 of the 45 shots were stray bullets, potentially hitting unintended targets.

    1. Everyone is a criminal there are no unintended targets

  11. Tulpa will be along under a new sock once he gets done touching himself to the video.

  12. Booya dash cams

    /derp from dunphy

  13. The average American cop must be reading “Serial Killer’s Handbook on Self Defense”.

    A cop acquaintance gave me a quote from page 4- “a right proper serial killer never misses an opportunity to kill another human being. Remember you have a beast to feed, good officer. The best and easiest cases for a murder present themselves as a self defense arrangement. Not only will you cum gargantuan streams of jizz the evening after that soul-lifting kill- your buddies, bosses, and society will laud and award you even though you are fully aware of the fact that the subject could have been taken down with far less lethal means. So, always kill when given even the most remote chance, my kind officer. You will always get away with it…”

    Amazon removed that publication after Fullerton I believe.

  14. my roomate’s mom makes $73 an hour on the laptop . She has been fired for 10 months but last month her pay was $15091 just working on the laptop for a few hours. website here….

    ????? http://www.netjob70.com

  15. So he was mentally ill, homeless, and black. Not only am I surprised that there were no consequences, I’m surprised anybody’s heard of this case. If the coverage gets any worse, I assume we’ll hear some sort of evidence that Milton Hall was drunk or high. Or that he previously shoplifted a QuikTrip.

    1. Whoops, obviously I meant I am NOT surprised there were no consequences.

    2. We’ll also hear he has an ‘extensive’ criminal background which upon further investigation will reveal years of peeing on old buildings.

  16. One has to wonder why the eight officers did not see fit to disarm Hall in a non-lethal way.

    No, you don’t. FYTW.

    They know the likelihood of any serious discipline happening to them, approaches zero, so why give any fucks about civilians?

  17. “One has to wonder why the eight officers did not see fit to disarm Hall in a non-lethal way”
    Maybe because the ACLU threatened lawsuits every time the police ever tried to taser people??

    1. Yep, they aren’t using the tasers the way they are supposed to either.

      Tasers are now for old ladies and handcuffed ‘suspects,’ not the knife-wielding crazies that might be an actual threat.

  18. The police can get away with cold-blooded murder. And cold-blooded murder it was, without a doubt. Be afraid, Americans, be very afraid of those who are supposed to serve and protect. They are thugs in uniforms with badges and guns and can kill you for little to no reason and get away with it.

  19. It’s the vile, sick, twisted, perverted scum in law enforcement who give the other .000001% a bad name.

  20. Where’s the tank. These cops are pussies.

    I think the big guy second from the right is palins buttplug.

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