March for Derek Williams

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by Laura Rodriguez

MILWAUKEE—The rain did not stop close to 100 people from coming outside to march and rally to seek justice for Derek Williams.

Williams died in the back of a Milwaukee Police squad last summer after officers failed to respond to his repeated requests for help.

The death was initially ruled as natural, but a year later, when the ME got new information, the cause of death was changed to homicide.

The Medical Examiner's office clarified that its definition of homicide is different than what a court may use, but protestors want everyone directly and indirectly involved in William’s death arrested and tried in court.

The march began at the Martin Luther King statue and finished in front of the police administration building.

This is the first rally since a special prosecutor was assigned to the case.

Community leaders, activists and the faith community gathered to demand and independent investigation by the federal government in the Milwaukee Police Department.

Many protestors were even chanting “Chief Flynn has to go.”

Tuesday 12 members of the common council sent a letter to the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board Chairwoman asking for changes to procedures at the Medical Examiner’s Office to be made into law.

The Medical Examiner assured Common Council members that changes have been made to prevent situations like these from happening again.

As for the Police Department, last week, Chief Flynn said that the second review by the Medical Examiner’s report shows insufficient training for officers responses to medical crisis, but does not present and new objective facts about police misconduct.

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