Cops turn to mental health experts after shooting

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a man by Saginaw police has led to changes in how law enforcers work with a mental health agency.

The agency has updated its policies on how authorities should respond to someone with mental health issues before confrontations develop.

Police say Milton Hall refused to drop a knife before he was shot 11 times in a parking lot in 2012. The shooting, recorded on video, led to a $725,000 lawsuit settlement with Hall's family. Critics say officers did a poor job in defusing the situation.

Police Chief Brian Lipe tells The Saginaw News ( ) that his department has improved communications with the county mental health agency. He says police typically didn't seek assistance unless someone was in danger or a threat to others.

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