(Becket Adams) Milton Hall, a 49-year-old homeless man, on July 1 was shot 46 times for failing to comply with police instructions. Police say Hall was brandishing some sort of knife and, after a brief standoff in a parking lot in Saginaw, Mich., the six officers had no choice but to open fire.
Right before the shooting, police say Hall called 911 after he had a fight with a convenience store clerk.
“My name is Milton Hall, I just called 911. My name is Milton, and I’m pi**ed off,” you can hear Hall yell in a video obtained by CNN.
An officer tells him to put the knife down and Hall responds: “I ain’t putting sh*t down.”
Shortly after that, the six officers open fire.
Watch the CNN report [warning: graphic content]:
Saginaw police felt it was necessary to open fire “because apparently, at this point in time, he was threatening to assault police,” says Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael Thomas.
And aside from perceiving an imminent threat, Saginaw Police Chief Gerald Cliff claims Hall was “known to be an assaultive person” with “a long history” of run-ins with law enforcement, “not only with police from our department but with the county.”