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To: Walnut Creek Police Department and Walnut Creek City Council
Officers Who Killed Miles Hall Should Not Be On Active Duty During An Investigation
Remove the two officers who shot and killed Miles Hall from duty while there is an active investigation.
Why is this important?
Officers who killed Miles Hall should not be on active duty during an on-going investigation.
On June 2, 2019 Miles Hall, a 23-year-old resident of Walnut Creek, was senselessly killed by Walnut Creek police officers, Melissa Murphy and KC Hsiao. Miles was in the throes of a schizophrenic episode and both Miles’ mother and grandmother had reached out to police officers for assistance navigating through it.
Miles’ parents felt they could trust, confide in and partner with Walnut Creek police, as they had assisted the family in getting Miles transported to mental health treatment facilities in the past.
The Walnut Creek Police Department grossly violated that trust. Having received calls from Miles’ grandmother and mother about Miles’ erratic behavior and mental breakdown, police officers arrived at the scene and repeatedly yelled at Miles. When Miles attempted to run past them, several yards off to the side of the officers and in the direction of his home, an officer fired beanbags at him. A second or two later, a police officer with just one year of experience and another with four years' experience fired handguns at Miles, killing him. The three seasoned, trained officers did not draw any lethal weapons.
Less than 12 days later, the officers who shot Miles were back on full duty while the investigation continues. This is not only a blatant disregard for the Hall family and the Walnut Creek community, but also shows little emotional and mental support for the officers who had just killed a young man.
The officers' continued active duty on the streets of Walnut Creek represents a breach of trust between law enforcement, the city and the community, and prematurely validates the officers’ actions. Walnut Creek Police Chief, Thomas Chaplin, has a history of protecting his officers and not holding them accountable. We cannot allow this to continue.
Please sign this petition to remove the two officers who shot Miles from duty until the investigation is complete.