Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody. Initially, the MPD and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office determined that the MPD officers involved did nothing wrong. After video was released showing Mr. Williams in the back of an MPD squad car struggling to breathe and begging MPD officers for help, an Inquest was ordered into the death. Today, the Inquest jury issued an advisory verdict recommending misdemeanor criminal charges against three MPD officers for failing to render aid to Mr. Williams. Special Prosecutor John Franke must now decide whether to follow the jury’s recommendation and charge the officers. To see video of the Inquest jury verdict being announced, please see the WISN-TV website here.
The civil rights lawyers of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. represent the three young children of Derek Williams and their mother. We thank the Inquest jury for their service in rendering their verdict, and we hope that it is the first step in obtaining justice and accountability for the death of Derek Williams.
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