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Feds consider investigation into suspect’s death in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – U.S. Attorney James Santelle says he is considering ordering a federal investigation into the death of a man who died in Milwaukee police custody.

Santelle also is considering authorizing an investigation into a possible pattern of civil rights abuses by the Milwaukee Police Department.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office has changed its ruling in the case of Derek Williams from natural death to homicide. Williams died in police custody in July 2011.

The decision came after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel alerted an assistant medical examiner to newly released records – including a video of a suffocating Williams pleading for help from the back of a squad car.

Meanwhile, 11 members of the Milwaukee Common Council have signed a statement calling for a federal investigation into Williams’ death.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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