Family, friends of Derek Williams gather in continued fight for justice
MILWAUKEE- An outpouring of support for the family of a man who died in police custody was on display Friday night.
Derek Williams' family wanted a gathering Friday to be another chance to find ways to move forward after Williams died in the back of a squad car last year.
Derek Williams' mother was joined by family and friends at Saint Timothy's Church near N. 90th St. and W. Capitol Dr. in Milwaukee. The goal: to show support and make a statement.
"We aren't going nowhere," says Williams' mother Sonya Moore. "We're here until it's done, until we get justice."
"Somebody has to stand up. If you don't stand up for something, you'll fall for anything. And I'm going to stand with this family 100 percent," says Precious Thomas.
The Williams case is now under federal investigation, with the FBI and U.S Attorney's Office looking into the Milwaukee Police Department and possible civil rights violations.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke weighed in on the community's growing concerns.
"You know a series of events occurs and you start to lose faith, you start to lose confidence and when you lose that confidence, it's hard to restore," argues Clarke.
Confidence the Williams family is trying to get back, with justice.
"I'm not ever going to give up," says Moore.
At the meeting, the group also formed a coalition that will meet once a week to talk about issues surrounding the case.