Photo: Sharday Rose a.k.a. Rooster, Derek Williams’ longtime girlfriend and mother of his three welfare children, carries a tattoo on her arm with Williams’ first name and his birth date. She can afford tattoos and hair dye but she needs her welfare... Rose says police threatened to arrest her when she asked them to summon an ambulance for Williams.
Milwaukee, WI - Derek Williams died gasping for air in the back of a Milwaukee police squad car.
For at least 15 minutes before he died last July, Williams, his hands cuffed behind his back, repeatedly told officers he couldn't breathe, according to the district attorney's office. One officer responded by rubbing Williams' chest. Another opened the car windows.
But no one called an ambulance until Williams lost consciousness - despite a department policy that requires officers to quickly summon medical help for prisoners who need it.
He was 22.
"They wouldn't want someone to do that to their child, so why would they do it to mine?" asked Williams' mother, Sonya Moore. "They just sat back and acted like they didn't have a soul."
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