Attorney for Derek Williams' family speaks out
The WTMJ News Team
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MILWAUKEE - Derek Williams' family members have hired a lawyer on the heels of a decision by the medical examiner's office to change Williams' cause of death from natural to homicide.
The 22-year-old died while in Milwaukee Police custody last year. Video shows the man pleading for help in the back of a squad car.
"The video is one of the most troubling things I have ever seen," says Attorney Jonathan Safran.
"It is difficult to watch, you see a person gasping for breath and you see them die in front of your eyes."
Safran is asking the U.S. Attorney's office to investigate.
The Medical Examiner's office clarified Monday that its definition of homicide is different than what a court may use. It defines homicide as "death at the hands of another"