July 9, 2021
California State Attorney General
450 Golden Gate Ave., Ste 11000
San Francisco, CA 94102
Dear Attorney General Bonta:
We are writing to request that you review the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s recent decision not to charge officers in the killing of our son, Miles Hall in Walnut Creek, CA on June 2, 2019.
On June 2, 2019, Walnut Creek police officers responded to a call regarding our son, who was in the throes of a delusional episode, a symptom of the schizoaffective disorder from which he suffered. The Walnut Creek Police Department (WCPD) was aware that Miles suffered from a mental illness and had responded to similar calls for support in the past, without incident.
In the past, the WCPD had engaged Miles effectively and humanely, assigning him a resource officer, Officer Keagy, and facilitating his receipt of treatment by transporting him to local mental health agencies. In sum, our family had reason to expect that the WCPD police officers who would interact with Miles on June 2, 2019, would act in a manner befitting a scene involving a young man known to suffer from mental illness who was in distress and not threatening anyone.
What unfolded was the antithesis of what our family expected and of what is required by law. When the WCPD arrived on the scene, they chose to escalate the situation, yelling at Miles and pointing lethal weapons at him. Miles was holding a garden tool close to his body and ran past the officers, veering away from them, rather than at them. He neither wielded the garden tool nor made any movements with the tool that were threatening.