Feds Probe Police Scandal

Milwaukee Common Council glad FBI investigating Derek Williams case

CREATED Oct. 10, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 10, 2012

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  • Lacey Crisp reports Video by wtmj.com

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  • Lacey Crisp reports Video by wtmj.com

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MILWAUKEE- The Milwaukee Common Council is glad the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI are launching a civil rights investigation into the death of Derek Williams.

Williams, a burglary suspect, died in the back of a Milwaukee police squad car after he was arrested last July.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner changed the cause of death of Williams from natural causes to homicide after a video released in September shows Williams pleading for officers to help him, saying he couldn't breathe.

Once the video surfaced, several members of the Milwaukee Common Council wrote to the U.S. Attorney's Office requesting a federal investigation into this case.  Aldermen said Wednesday this investigation is needed to restore faith between the Milwaukee community and law enforcement.

"We are proud and elated today that the U.S. Attorney's Office has made the decision to get involved with this case with the FBI so that we can being to rebuild that trust," said Alderwoman Milele Coggs.

Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines says it's important to have another set of eyes look at this controversial case.

"While we understand that there are a number of hard working police officers that are dedicated to the force, the actions of a few have cast a dark shadow over the entire department."

Hines says he hopes the federal investigation is swift and thorough.