Prosecutor considering charges of homicide against Milwaukee police officers in Derek Williams case


In July of 2012, “Officers ignored [Derek] Williams – eyes rolled back in his head and gasping for air – as he pleaded for help in the back of a police car for nearly eight minutes before losing consciousness, a squad car video shows.”

Now John Franke “plans to ask jurors to consider charges of first- and second-degree reckless homicide and failure to render aid by law enforcement after he presents five days’ worth of witnesses during an inquest into Williams’ death, scheduled to begin Feb. 11.”

According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “in more than 25 years, no Milwaukee County inquest jury has recommended criminal charges against a police officer involved in a fatal shooting or in-custody death”.

I’m left wondering how many questionable deaths of that nature occurred under the MPD’s watch in those 25 years.

I never thought the Derek Williams case would get this far. May justice do the surprising thing: prevail.

More on the Derek Williams case at Felonies to be considered in inquest into Milwaukee police custody death

FYI: FBI launches civil rights inquiry into death in custody dated October 2012, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel