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UPDATE: No civil rights charges in Wis. squad car death

UPDATED Tuesday, May 28, 2013 --- 11:45 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Federal agents have closed their investigation and no federal civil rights charges will be filed in the case of a Milwaukee man who died while gasping for air in the back of a police car.

Twenty-two-year-old robbery suspect Derek Williams was arrested in July 2011 after running about a block and a half. His last breaths were captured on squad car video.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement Tuesday that FBI agents who looked into the case found no medical evidence to support reports that police used excessive force with Williams or knowingly ignored his medical condition.

The Justice Department says the squad car video does not show what police saw that night and officers provided medical care when they realized it was needed.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, March 29, 2013 --- 2:04 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A special prosecutor has declined to charge three Milwaukee police officers in whose custody a suspect died in 2011, saying there wasn't enough evidence to support a case.

Twenty-two-year-old Derek Williams died in July 2011 after gasping for air in the back of a squad car. An inquest jury last month recommended a misdemeanor charge against three officers of failure to render aid.

Special prosecutor John Franke released his final report Friday. It says the inquest jury found probable cause that an offense was committed, but there wasn't enough evidence for a prosecutor to prove guilt to the stricter standard of beyond reasonable doubt.

The three officers could still face federal criminal charges. The U.S. Attorney's office in Milwaukee has not ruled out charging them.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 -- 5:52 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A special prosecutor is expected to release his final report in the case of a robbery suspect who died in the custody of Milwaukee police two years ago.

Twenty-two-year-old Derek Williams died in July 2011 after gasping for air in the back of a squad car. An inquest jury last month recommended a misdemeanor charge against three officers of failure to render aid.

Special prosecutor John Franke is expected to release his final report Friday.

The victim's girlfriend, Sharday Rose, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Franke met with her and family members Wednesday to say he wouldn't file charges because he couldn't prove a case against the officers. She says she's determined to continue the fight.

Other officers testified that they thought Williams was faking his symptoms.

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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