Police won't face charges in Derek Williams' custody death


by Tiffany Shepherd

MILWAUKEE--CBS 58 has learned that there will be no charges filed against any police officers in connection with the in custody death of Derek Williams.

That decision was revealed in a closed door meeting at the courthouse that wrapped up late Wednesday night.

We were told by someone at that meeting that it involved Special Prosecutor John Frankie, Derek Williams' family including his aunt who has been very outspoken and family attorney Johnathan Safran.

Special Prosecutor John Frankie explained to the parties at the meeting that he did not think he would be able to get a conviction on the misdemeanor charge of 'failing to render aid' that was recommended by the inquest jury.

That advisory verdict in itself was historic.

Not in 25 years has an inquest jury recommended charges against a Milwaukee Police officer.

Derek Williams died after a chase with police in July 2011.

He was seen on tape handcuffed in the back of a police squad begging for help and complaining of breathing problems.

We are told that the family of Derek Williams is distraught and plan to hold a public event to speak with the media.




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