Mother Expresses Thanks For Federal Probe into Son's Death

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by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE -- Sonya Moore says she is still angry at police and the Chief but elated that federal investigators will now be looking into the death of her son in July of 2011.

She spoke with her lawyer at her side before dozens of supporters Wednesday night at Humboldt and Center where he son died.

"Thank you, thank everyone," Moore declared, at times fighting back tears. "The investigators, the people up top. I could not have gotten by myself. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart."

The Peace for Change Alliance organized the vigil in memory of 22-year-old Derek Williams. His death was only recently changed from natural to homicide when details emerged about his chase and struggle with police while officers were investigating a robbery.

The Chief medical examiner still maintains that sickle cell crisis was the cause of death.

He said his assistant, who did the original classification as natural, didn't take into consideration that police he spoke with may define force differently than the medical community.

He also says it was a standard review that brought about the change in classification of death and not squad car video showing Williams asking for help. That video was only made public last August after media outlets demanded its release.

Police say there was a delay in its release because the family had not submitted the proper release form.

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