The Inquest into the death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) custody entered the jury deliberation phase on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. As previously reported on this website, the jury is considering whether to charge three MPD officers with the misdemeanor crime of failing to render aid to Mr. Williams as he sat in the back of an MPD squad car struggling to breathe and begging MPD officers for help. Before beginning its deliberations, the jury heard closing arguments from Special Prosecutor John Franke, who made arguments both in favor of and against criminal charges. When its deliberations are finished, the jury will render an advisory verdict as to whether the MPD officers should be charged. No inquest jury has recommended criminal charges against an MPD officer in more than 25 years. Read more about the Inquest into the death of Derek Williams in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.

The civil rights attorneys of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. represent Derek Williams’ three young children and their mother. Please continue to check this website for updates regarding the Inquest into Mr. Williams’ death.