Friends, family hold march for Derek Williams


by Laura Matovina

MILWAUKEE -- There have been a couple new developments in the Derek Williams case and on Wednesday his family will have a march for justice for the man who died while in Milwaukee Police custody in 2011.

The walk for Williams starts at 1:00 Wednesday afternoon. The group will meet at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on King Drive and will then march to MacArthur Square.

On Tuesday, CBS 58 learned a former judge and federal prosecutor,who has been credited with taking down the mob in Milwaukee, will look into the Williams case.

John Franke will oversee the investigation and the public inquest into Williams' death.

In 1981, when Franke was with the U.S. Attorney's organized crime division, he prosecuted Milwaukee mob boss Frank Balistreri. Six years later, Franke became a circuit court judge.

The Williams case might also trigger changes within the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

Milwaukee County Supervisors have written legislation that would require the ME to ask for all reports, audio recordings and video tapes when someone dies in police custody.

They want to make this change because last summer, Williams' death was ruled an accident, but a year later, when the ME got new information, the cause of death was changed to homicide.

Milwaukee County's safety committee will vote on the measure later this month.


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