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The family of Miles Hall, a mentally ill man whom Walnut Creek, California police fatally shot, has hired high-profile civil rights attorney John Burris. At a candlelight vigil on June 8, Hall’s mother, Taun, announced the decision to seek “justice for Miles.”
Burris said the shooting raised questions about whether officers properly handled the fatal June 2 encounter with the 23-year-old man, the East Bay Times reported. Police received several 911 calls that a distressed man with mental illness was threatening relatives.
“I’m working through this, but this is a mental health issue, and it brings up the question: Did you respond appropriately to a person you were well aware has a mental illness?” Burris said, according to the East Bay Times. Burris claimed that Hall’s parents had reached out to police about their son’s mental illness prior to the incident.
The incident began with Hall’s grandmother…
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