No charges will be brought against two Walnut Creek, California police officers who fatally shot and killed a 23-year-old black man in June 2019.
Contra Costa prosecutors announced Friday that there was not enough evidence to pursue the two officers who shot Miles Hall, whose family has claimed he was in the middle of a psychological episode.
Hall’s mother, Taun Hall, expressed her disappointment in a statement on Friday, saying: “After almost two long years of eagerly awaiting the conclusion of what we had hoped for the thorough, impartial and factually accurate investigation, we learned that there was one There will be no justice and no accountability for the unjustifiable acts that led to the death of our son – at least not today. “
A lawyer for Hall’s family, John Burris, said her next step would be to ask California Attorney General Rob Bonta and the US Department of Justice to “intervene and investigate” this case.
“We’re not done fighting for justice and accountability in the Miles Hall assassination,” said Burris.
CNN previously reported that four of the five people who called 911 on the day of the shooting told dispatchers that Hall had mental health problems, according to records released by police at the time.
According to the report of events set out in a statement by the prosecutor on Friday, police responded on June 2, 2019 after receiving 911 calls about a disruption at the Walnut Creek home where Hall lived.
One call was made by a von Hall family member, followed by neighbors and another witness.
Responding officers “were aware of an earlier incident in which Mr. Hall had pointed a knife at Walnut Creek police officers and used less than lethal force to arrest him for a mental disorder,” the newspaper said Explanation.
Hall, who reportedly had a “black steel digging tool” with him when police arrived, refused to order officers to drop the tool, the district attorney said. Hall then ran towards the officers, the statement said, and an officer fired beanbag bullets at Hall to stop him.
But “Mr. Hall continued to run in the officer’s direction, although he was hit with less than fatal force, ”the statement read. At that point, two officers “fired their department and handed over handguns in Mr. Hall. Ultimately, Mr. Hall was hit by four rounds and fell to the ground. “
Officials held Hall back and tried first aid, but he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, the district attorney’s statement said.
The city of Walnut Creek reached a $ 4 million settlement with the Hall family last year. And while Hall’s mother said it was no justice for her son, it would allow the family to focus on their work at the Miles Hall Foundation, through which they pushed for a reformed response to mental emergencies.
“Justice will be if we are able to get a non-police response for the mentally ill, at least here to start in Contra Costa County,” Taun Hall said at the time. “And then it could be something … across the nation.”
In a Friday press release out of town, Walnut Creek Mayor Kevin Wilk said “the past two years have been painful for our community”.
“Mental health is one of the most serious crises in our society and we must do everything we can to provide immediate relief to those who need it most,” Wilk said in a statement. “We will continue to work with the community to prevent this type of tragedy from recurring in Walnut Creek. In the meantime, we hope all viewpoints are peacefully shared.”
The press release said police bought “a significant number of less lethal devices” as well as improved body cameras in the months following the shooting.