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Derek Williams Death in Police Custody

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This is Derek Williams.

He died in the back of a Milwaukee Police Department squad car in July 2011 after repeatedly telling Milwaukee Police Officers that he could not breathe.

Following an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Gina Barton, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner is changing the cause of death of Williams from "natural" to "homicide".

Barton was able to obtain reports and the police car video that shows Williams dying in the back of the squad.

Now the Milwaukee County District Attorney is opening up an investigation and the U.S Attorney's office is considering their own investigation.  As a matter of fact, ten Milwaukee Alderman are formally asking for that federal investigation.

*** Warning- this is graphic. You can see the Journal Sentinel's coverage here and watch the video.

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