Back in July 2011, Derek Williams died in Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) custody. Squad car video from the incident shows Mr. Williams struggling to breathe and begging MPD officers for assistance. Motivated in part by the death of Mr. Williams, the Wisconsin State Assembly is considering a new law that would require outside agencies to investigate deaths in police custody. On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the Assembly’s Criminal Justice Committee approved a bill that would require either the Wisconsin Department of Justice or an agency from a different county to investigate police custody deaths. The approved bill, however, exempts the City of Milwaukee from this requirement. The bill now moves to the entire Assembly for approval.