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A graphic video of a 2012 shooting is shedding light on the disturbing force Michigan police used to kill a mentally ill man during a standoff in a Saginaw parking lot.

Officers fired at Milton Hall 45 times, striking him with 14 bullets. The shooting, which sparked outrage two years ago and prompted a federal investigation, was reportedly thoroughly investigated. The Department of Justice, however, failed to find “sufficient evidence of willful misconduct” to prosecute the officers in February.

The video, obtained from the American Civil Liberties Union from lawyers for Hall’s family, tells a different story. Hall, who was armed with a penknife, was at least several yards from the nearest officer. A lawyer with the ACLU has described the firing squad nature of Hall’s death “reckless” and “unjust.”

From the Huffington Post:

The ACLU presented the police dashboard footage to representatives of the Organization of American States on Monday in an attempt to pressure the federal government to take another look at Hall’s death. At the OAS hearing on Monday, Mark Fancher, a lawyer with the ACLU of Michigan, likened the officers to a “firing squad” and criticized the Justice Department for failing to prosecute them.

 

The shooting was “not only reckless, but clearly unjust, and also grossly violated Milton Hall’s human right to life,” Fancher said.

The DOJ did not immediately respond to requests for a comment. A February press release indicates the DOJ did view the dash cam video during their investigation, but still declined to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against the Saginaw Police Department officers.

SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO SOURCE: ACLU/YouTube

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