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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, May 7, 2021


Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office Releases Investigation Report. Doesn’t Criminally Charge Police Officers In the Death of Miles Hall, Killed by Walnut Creek Police June 2, 2019

Walnut Creek CA---

Official statement from the family of Miles Hall

To say that we are disappointed in the Contra Costa County District Attorney's investigation and decision not to charge any of the police officers in the killing of our son is an understatement. These officers were back on the streets of Walnut Creek just 12 days after they shot our son Miles a block from our home. Today we learned that they will remain there without consequences for their actions.

Every day since June 2, 2019, our lives have been consumed with trying to prevent another family from experiencing the same heartbreak of seeing their loved one in crisis, needing help, and instead of receiving care, being violently taken from them by the very people called to help.

After nearly two long years of waiting anxiously for the conclusion of what we had hoped would be a thorough, unbiased, factually accurate investigation, we learned that there will be no justice and no accountability for the indefensible actions that resulted in our son’s death -- at least not today.

The officers who shot and killed our son, Miles Hall, acted recklessly and should have been criminally charged. The officers' wildly distorted depictions of the incident that took Miles' life directly contradict the record established by officers' own body cameras and other video footage, as well as by eyewitness accounts. Anyone looking at the evidence knows the truth.

Miles posed no threat to officers as he attempted to run to the safety of his home. The officers fired lethal weapons with wanton disregard for his life. They flouted their responsibility to de-escalate at the scene. They escalated to gunfire within moments instead of following their department’s own protocols for interactions with people in a mental health crisis.

We know that Miles' dual status as a young man in the throes of a mental health crisis and as a Black man made him particularly vulnerable to police violence. Miles needed care and compassion that day; instead he was met with lethal force. Not holding the police accountable for misconduct, especially when that misconduct results in someone's death, makes us ALL less safe.

We are heartbroken, yet still determined to fight for justice for Miles and for everyone who has been harmed by police brutality and denied justice in a system that stigmatizes and criminalizes people with mental illness, especially when they are Black and Brown.

We want everyone to know that we created The Miles Hall Foundation to turn our personal pain into greater purpose. In partnership with community organizations such as NAMI Contra Costa and local leaders, The Miles Hall Foundation is committed to supporting and protecting families by educating communities about mental illness and protecting those impacted with mental illness from excessive use of force by law enforcement.


While today is a somber day for our family and for our community of supporters, and we greatly miss our beloved son, Miles is inspiring us to push forward with this life-saving work.

We will be asking the California Attorney General and the Department of Justice to review this case for criminal prosecution.

We can’t stop and we won’t ever stop saying his name – Miles Hall!

Since Miles death in June of 2019, the Hall family has worked tirelessly to advocate for non-police response to calls for help when someone is in a mental health emergency. Currently, the Miles Hall Lifeline Act” - Assembly Bill 988 is making its way through the California legislature to fund an alternative to 911 for calls for help that do not need a police response. The #MilesHallLifelineAct #AB988 will save lives and decriminalize individuals who need help, not handcuffs.

With today’s decision not to charge the officers who killed Miles with a crime, the Contra Costa County DA’s office has reinforced the dangerous and stigmatizing misperception that those living with mental illness, especially if they are people of color, are the criminals and that violence and gun fire are appropriate responses to their calls for help. That is wrong and runs counter to facts.

The Hall family is calling on the California Attorney General and the US Department of Justice to do their own investigation into the killing of Miles Hall. Miles should be alive today. The Contra Costa DA’s report is inaccurate, inadequate, and is not what justice looks like. CALL TO ACTION: please call and write to the Contra Costa DA and the California AG to express your outrage that nearly two years after the killing of Miles Hall, the investigation into his killing by Walnut Creek police resulted in nothing that will hold these officers accountable.


Our streets are less safe today because no one has been held accountable for Miles’ death. That can not stand.


Say his name! Miles Hall!


Contra Costa District Attorney

Diana Becton

Phone: 925-957-2200

Email DA@contracostada.org

Mailing Address:

900 Ward St, Martinez, CA 94553


Office of the Attorney General Rob Bonta

1300 "I" Street. Sacramento, CA 95814-2919.

Phone: (916) 445-9555 or (916) 210-6276

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Updated: a day ago

PRESS AVAIL FRIDAY MAY 7, 2021 AT 1 PM Walnut Creek City Hall

WHAT:

Civil Rights Attorney John Burris and parents of Miles Hall to give public statements and take questions following the anticipated release of the Contra Costa DA's Investigation and Report on Friday May 7.

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office (DA) informed the Hall family earlier this week that they have concluded their investigation into the police shooting of Miles Hall, son of Scott and Taun Hall of Walnut Creek, CA who was killed by Walnut Creek Police Officers on June 2, 2019.

Members of the DA's office said they will be releasing their report to the family and to the public tomorrow morning, Friday May 7, 2021

Burris and the Halls will be speaking to the press and a group of supporters on Friday May 7 at 1 pm in front of Walnut Creek City Hall. Community members will be there to show their support for the Halls and to continue to call for justice and accountability in the death of Miles Hall.

WHO:

Attorney John Burris, Scott and Taun Hall, parents of Miles Hall, Gigi Crowder, Executive Director of NAMI Contra Costa, and members of the FOSATH (Friends of Scott, Taun, and Alexis Hall) community, as well as family members and supporters of other victims of police violence in Contra Costa County

WHEN: FRIDAY MAY 7. 2021 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: Outside of Walnut Creek City Hall 1666 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Release Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 9 PM PST

Hall Family Media Contact: Patty Mitchell, mobile (408) 429-4032, admin@justiceformileshall.org

Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office To Release Investigation Report. Doesn’t Charge Officers Involved in the Death of Miles Hall, Killed by Walnut Creek Police June 2, 2019

Walnut Creek CA---

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office (DA) has concluded their investigation into the police shooting of Miles Hall, son of Scott and Taun Hall of Walnut Creek, CA and will be releasing their report on Friday May 7. According to the Hall family attorney, John Burris, the DA has decided not to charge the officers involved in the death of Miles Hall.

Burris and the Halls will be speaking to the press on Friday May 7 at 1 pm in front of Walnut Creek City Hall. Community members will be there to show their support for the Halls and to continue to call for justice and accountability in the death of Miles Hall.

Taun Hall, Miles’ mother said,After nearly two long years of waiting anxiously for the conclusion of what we had hoped would be a thorough, unbiased, factually accurate investigation, we learned that there will be no justice and no accountability for the indefensible actions that resulted in our son’s death -- at least not today.”


The City of Walnut Creek and the District Attorney of Contra Costa are out of sync with the rest of California and the rest of the country when it comes to ensuring accountability in police practices and policies, especially as pertains to responding to mental health crisis calls.


Taun Hall added, “We are heartbroken, yet still determined to fight for justice for Miles and for everyone who has been harmed by police brutality and denied justice in a system that stigmatizes and criminalizes people with mental illness, especially when they are Black and Brown.”


Since Miles death in June of 2019, the Hall family has worked tirelessly to advocate for non-police response to calls for help when someone is in a mental health emergency. Currently, the Miles Hall Lifeline Act”, Assembly Bill 988 is making its way through the California legislature to fund an alternative to 911 for calls for help that do not need a police response. The Miles Hall Lifeline Act will save lives and decriminalize individuals who need help, not handcuffs.

With the decision not to charge the officers who killed Miles with a crime, the Contra Costa County DA’s office has reinforced the dangerous and stigmatizing idea that those living with mental illness, especially if they are people of color, are the criminals and that violence and gun fire are appropriate responses to their calls for help.

The Hall family is calling on the California Attorney General and the US Department of Justice to do their own investigation into the killing of Miles Hall. Miles should be alive today. The Hall family fully anticipates, given the decision not to charge or discipline the officers, that the Contra Costa DA’s report is inaccurate, inadequate, and is not what justice looks like.

John Burris, attorney for the Hall family said, “Given DA Becton’s decision not to charge these officers in Miles' death, the next step for the Hall family will not be an easy one, but it will be to ask California’s new Attorney General, Rob Bonta, and the new AG with the Department of Justice, Merrick Garland, to step in and review this case. We are not finished fighting for justice and accountability in the killing of Miles Hall.”


Please read the full statement from the Hall Family here.


#MilesHall

#PoliceAccountability

#Justice

#BlackLivesMatter

#MentalIllnessIsNOTaCrime

#HelpNotHandcuffs




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2021

Hall Family Media Contact:hallfamily@justiceformileshall.org

Statement Scott and Taun Hall, parents of Miles Hall, Regarding Records Release


Walnut Creek CA--- “The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office inspector reports documenting officers' accounts of the shooting confirmed what we already knew: that the officers who shot and killed our son, Miles Hall, acted recklessly and should be criminally charged. What is additionally distressing are the officers' fantastical, distorted accounts of the incident that took Miles' life.

We are grateful that the events before, during, and after the shooting were documented via the officers' body cameras and other video footage as well as by eyewitnesses. Otherwise, the community and our family might never have had such clear evidence of the truth: that Miles posed no threat to officers as he attempted to run past them toward the safety of his home, and that the officers fired lethal weapons recklessly and with wanton disregard for his life.

We feel strongly that Miles' dual status as a young man in the throes of a mental health crisis and as a Black man made him particularly vulnerable to police violence on June 2, 2019. Miles needed care and compassion that day, but instead, he was met with lethal force.

Officers flouted their responsibility to de-escalate at the scene and turned to gunfire instead of following Walnut Creek Police Department protocols for interactions with people in a mental health crisis. Further, these officers did not follow their plan and the assignments given by the lead officer.

It has been nearly 21 months since Miles was killed. We are concerned both with the excruciatingly slow pace of the investigation and with the integrity of the original lead investigator who managed the case and oversaw the collection of inspector reports: Barry Grove.

We are aware that Mr. Grove has made racially charged statements on social media, which has undermined our faith in his ability to carry out his duties equitably and appropriately. We also understand that Mr. Grove is no longer assigned to the investigation of the police shooting of our son.

We look to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office to ensure that a thorough, unbiased, factually accurate investigation has ensued since, and we anxiously await completion of the review.

We request that the investigation into Miles' death conclude no later than March 31, 2021. It is our fervent hope that justice will soon be served, so that in due time we may be able to focus more fully on healing and continuing to honor the life of our beloved son.”

For more information, including video of what happened on June 2, 2019, please go to www.justiceformileshall.org