Mother devastated her son died while in Milwaukee Police Department's custody
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MILWAUKEE- Frustration continues to build for the family of a man who died in police custody.
Derek Williams' mother is pleased to know this case is re-opened, but she is frustrated by the way Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn called her son's death a learning tool.
The video of Derek Williams pleading for help in the back of a Milwaukee police squad car has disturbed many.
But nothing compares to what his mother, Sonja Moore, thinks of it. She's left with memories and three grandchildren who constantly ask for their father.
"They ripped my soul out of my body," said Moore. "Every police officer that was involved in that...I want all of them fired."
Police arrested Williams for burglary in July 2011. The family claims while he was in police custody, officers beat him causing his distress and eventually his death.
"If it was your kid, I'm talking from the chief down to the officers, wouldn't you want justice too," asked Moore.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm ordered an outside investigation since the medical examiner's office now ruled Williams' death a homicide.
But Williams' mother is more disturbed by certain comments from Chief Flynn.
"Certainly we've learned we need more thorough and effective training of signs of medical distress in handcuffed prisoners," said Flynn.
"For the police chief to say they're going to learn from this, I don't see how, when it's constantly being done," argued Moore.
Moore said she has received an overwhelming amount of support from the community, and her family is considering demonstrating outside the Milwaukee police headquarters to make sure everyone understands their search for justice.
The officers involved in Williams' arrest have been assigned to desk duty since the investigation was re-opened.