Skip to comments.Homicide ruling in police custody case riles community
Posted on 09/27/2012 12:53:11 PM PDT by Altariel
After learning a 22-year-old man's death in police custody had been revised to homicide, a group of leaders met Sunday night to brainstorm ways to mount a community response.
The Journal Sentinel reported Sunday that the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office has revised its ruling on the death of Derek Williams, who died in Milwaukee police custody in July 2011, from natural to homicide, according to the district attorney's office. The decision came after the Journal Sentinel alerted an assistant medical examiner to newly released records.
If Williams had gotten immediate medical attention, he would not have died in the backseat of a squad car while Milwaukee police officers ignored his pleas for help, James Hall, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, said Sunday.
Citizens need to let elected officials know: "We can't take this anymore," Bailey said. "We will not allow another person to perish the way that Derek Williams Jr. perished in the back of a police cruiser."
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Donut-munching dog-killers strike again.
“In a statement, Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn said he did not expect any officers to be criminally charged as a result of the new ruling [homicide].”
“Williams, who had gotten out of jail after being arrested on municipal warrants for loitering, vandalism and assault, fled from police after attempting to rob a couple near the intersection of N. Holton and E. Center streets, according to the reports.”
This article is very sparse on details, but Mr. Williams died in the back of a squad car, pleading for help. The cause of death isn't described, but the video doesn't seem to display evidence that he was brutalized.
I would like to know more.
Did Mr.Williams die of a heart attack? Did he asphyxiate due to an asthma attack?
Did you notice this gem?
“As a result of the new ruling, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has reopened the investigation into whether criminal charges are warranted against any of the officers involved. In an earlier interview with the Journal Sentinel, Chisholm emphasized that the revised finding does not mean a crime was committed.”
Homicide isn’t a crime if the perpetrators are police officers?