Friday, September 21, 2012
A police supervisor in Saginaw, Mich., has been demoted and two officers disciplined for their roles in the fatal shooting of a homeless, mentally ill man in a parking lot.
Acting Police Chief Brian Lipe told a news conference today in Saginaw that the on-scene supervisor was reprimanded and demoted to the rank of patrolman. He says that command officer "failed to take command and control of the situation" on July 1.
Prosecutors and state officials announced this month that officers wouldn't face criminal charges in the killing of 49-year-old Milton Hall. Police say Hall refused to drop a knife and six officers fired 46 shots at him, hitting him 11 times.
The acting chief says the two officers being disciplined received reprimands for not following the department's mobile video policy. He says some patrol car video was working, but some in-car audio wasn't turned on and some of the microphones worn by the officers didn't have working batteries.
Video taken on another witness's cellphone and later obtained by CNN showed Hall collapsing in a hail of gunfire after police ordered him to drop the knife.