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FBI to investigate Williams' Death


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a federal civil rights investigation into the death of a man who died in Milwaukee police custody.

Derek Williams died in July 2011 after struggling to breath in the back of a squad. The Milwaukee County medical examiner changed the manner of Williams' death last month from natural to homicide following an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Teresa Carlson an FBI Special Agent says,  "Our mission, however, is to fully investigate that night - everything that happened that night and to do so as objectively as possible. When we are done with that, we will present the findings of the investigation to our federal prosecutor and they will determine whether there is any criminal capability that warrants charges."


In a statement Wednesday, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said he has told federal officials they are open to the investigation and will cooperate fully.


There's also a state criminal inquest into the death being overseen by a former Milwaukee County judge.

U.S. Attorney James Santelle said they are also considering a formal investigation into a possible pattern of civil rights abuses by the department.

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