Miles Hall, 23

Walnut Creek, California
June 02, 2019

Agencies: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office California | Walnut Creek Police Department California

Cause of death: Shooting

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The family of a man shot to death by Walnut Creek police earlier this month has filed civil claim against the police department, alleging that officers violated the man’s civil rights by not using proper deescalation tactics in their encounter with a person they knew suffered from mental illness.

The claim — filed Friday by Bay Area civil rights attorney John Burris — states that the death of Miles Hall was preventable, and that the Walnut Creek Police Department knew the 23-year-old had a mental illness when they responded to 911 calls from Hall’s family members. Hall died after being shot by two of the five officers responding to the incident on Sandra Court and Arlene Lane on June 2.

“Tragically, Miles Hall’s family did everything they could to protect their mentally challenged son by using all available public services including the police,” Burris said in a statement. “Yet he was shot dead by the same police they thought would protect him.”

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In September 2020, the City of Walnut Creek reached a $4 million settlement with the family of Hall.

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