Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody. An initial investigation determined that the MPD officers involved in the incident did nothing wrong. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel then obtained video showing Mr. Williams in the back of an MPD squad car during the last minutes of his life, struggling to breathe and begging MPD officers for help. After release of the video, an Inquest was ordered into the death of Mr. Williams. The Inquest, which will be conducted by Special Prosecutor John Franke, will begin on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9 A.M. Open to the public, the Inquest will take place in the courtroom of Judge Kevin Martens, located in the Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 North 9th Street, Room 415, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Inquest is expected to last at least one week.
The civil rights lawyers of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. represent the girlfriend of Derek Williams, Sharday Rose, and their three young children. Our civil rights attorneys will attend the Inquest to listen and observe. We will post daily updates on this Blog regarding the Inquest.