MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - No Milwaukee police officers will be disciplined for the death of Derek Williams, who collapsed in a squad car after being arrested for a 2011 robbery.
The city’s Fire-and-Police Commission reviewed the matter, and then told Williams’ girlfriend about its decision.
Police policy requires officers to remain aware of their prisoners’ physical conditions.
However, the review panel said the officers could not see Williams as well as a squad car video that recorded him as he was gasping for air and pleading for help in the back seat.
The Journal Sentinel said the commission did not mention that one officer failed to check on Williams by saying, “You’re breathing just fine” – or that a sergeant at the scene apparently violated police policy by not completing paperwork about the episode.
Earlier this year, an inquest jury recommended misdemeanor charges against three officers – but the presiding judge refused to move any charges forward.
A month ago, the U.S. attorney’s office said it would not seek federal charges in the matter.
Federal prosecutors are still said to be considering the possibility of suing Milwaukee Police for a reported pattern of civil rights violations.