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City Of Milwaukee Reaches Tentative Settlement With Derek Williams' Family


The city of Milwaukee has reached a tentative $2 million settlement with the family of a 22-year-old man who died in the back of a police squad car in 2011. Attorneys for the family say the money would go to Derek Williams' three children and the city would be held accountable for his death.

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Williams was arrested after fleeing police who were investigating a suspected robbery. A police report says an officer placed his knee on Williams' back during the arrest. Squad car video shows Williams handcuffed in the back of the vehicle, struggling to breathe and asking for help.  

No officers were charged or disciplined in the case and the family filed a civil suit in 2016. The Milwaukee Common Council is expected to vote on the settlement next month.

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