Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) custody. An Inquest into the death led to an advisory jury verdict which determined that three MPD officers failed to render aid to Mr. Williams as he sat in the back of an MPD squad car struggling to breathe and begging the officers for help. Following the death of Mr. Williams, the MPD changed its policies so that police officers are required to call for medical assistance if an arrestee makes a medical complaint. While the amount of emergency calls has allegedly increased since the new policy was implemented, a representative of Paratech, a private ambulance company, stated that the company has not seen an increase in calls that would tax the 911 system. To learn more about the MPD’s new policy, 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 hope that this new MPD policy will prevent tragic incidents like the death of Mr. Williams.