MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office has changed its ruling in the case involving a man who died in Milwaukee police custody last year from natural to homicide.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the decision came after the newspaper alerted an assistant medical examiner to newly released records, which included a video of a suffocating Derek Williams pleading for help from the back of a squad car. The newspaper also made the assistant aware of a national expert who said the 22-year-old did not die naturally of sickle cell crisis.
As a result of the new information, District Attorney John Chisholm is reopening his investigation into whether criminal charges are warranted against any officers.
Chisholm and other authorities previously cleared the officers of wrongdoing, largely based on the medical examiner's earlier ruling of natural death.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn released a statement about the case:
"This second report contains no information that was not in the first report nor does it present any new objective facts. Therefore, I have no reason to believe that the previously released report of the district attorney that found there was no police misconduct is not still conclusive."