Alderman Bob Donovan Disagrees with Jury in Williams Case!
Maybe it’s me or maybe it is my anger but Alderman Donovan should just let the decision of the Derek’s Williams inquest subside before he “adds” his remarks. Milwaukee is already a hotbed of racial intolerance and sometimes a day or two of thought is worthwhile. After all Alderman Donovan you are an alderman representing an entire city not just your district.
Of course the officers went out of their way to render “over the top aid;” they tried to kill a man and had to fight to revive him and their careers. Their lives were on the line too! How do you explain this to your superiors? I am sure they thought those very things that fateful night and look where we are now? They knew they were guilty no matter what Williams may or may not have done. They had to pull out all stops to save him and themselves. Sadly they could not so they did the next best thing; they hid their crimes as best they could.
The one thing I do agree with in part is that all Milwaukee Police Officers who do protect and serve our community as they were sworn to have no reason to hold their heads down low. However those who are guilty, or part of this cover up in some way and those who are doing this on a daily basis, might I remind you this is only a man made court of law. Wait until true vengeance is upon you!
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In Derek Williams case, “justice” is in
the eye of the beholder
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan
February 22, 2013
While there are individuals in Milwaukee who are pleased, even overjoyed, by the decision of the inquest jury yesterday in the Derek Williams case, I am not one of them.
While I respect the jury and the process, I simply disagree with their recommendations.
I have said before and will say again that I do not believe any of the officers involved intentionally did any harm to Mr. Williams, and proving the intent to harm was supposed to be necessary in this case. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that officers administered CPR to Mr. Williams, including mouth-to-mouth, to the point of almost vomiting, and yet continued. How many of us would be willing to do the same? If that isn’t administering aid, I don’t know what is.
The sad reality is it’s a common occurrence for individuals in police custody to lie to officers and exaggerate their medical conditions, all in an effort to avoid arrest and secure a ride to the hospital instead of a trip to jail. This happens on a daily basis.
With few exceptions, I know of no other profession in America that is second-guessed and scrutinized more than law enforcement. We ask a lot of our officers as they perform a job most of us wouldn’t want and for which fewer would even qualify. Indeed, we ask so much of our officers, it’s easy to forget that they are human beings, too. They’re expected to get 100 percent of everything right, day in and day out. Perhaps we should hold our politicians to the same standard.
I’m told the three officers for whom charges have been recommended are good, hardworking officers with solid records. Again, I say, they had no intent of harming Mr. Williams. So where is their justice?
While I have no legal training (I’m not an attorney, and certainly not a judge), it seems to me you can never find justice for one person by denying it to others. The death of DerekWilliams in police custody was a tragic accident. Holding officers accountable for that accident only furthers the tragedy.
To the men and women of the Milwaukee Police Department—hold your heads up high.
The work you do is appreciated. The sacrifices you and your families make in the name of making a difference and the good you do day in and day out will be remembered— perhaps not in this life, but most assuredly in the next.