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Man buys billboards calling for justice in Milwaukee PD custody death


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee commuters are seeing billboards Monday morning that call for justice in the death of Derek Williams, the robbery suspect who died in police custody.

Michael Bell of Kenosha lost his son after he was killed by police – and Bell’s been using his $1.75 million legal settlement to buy billboard space in cities where officers kill suspects.

At a news conference Sunday night, Bell said he bought 43 digital billboards which say, “When police kill, where is the mayor?”

Jesse Jackson’s PUSH coalition and Milwaukee religious groups have called on Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to intervene in the Williams case.

An inquest will take place to determine whether the officers involved in Williams’ death should be charged – but Bell says police almost always get off the hook.

A recently-released video shows that Williams was ignored for almost 8 minutes as he gasped, begged for help, and collapsed.

Friends and relatives joined Bell at his news conference, along with those concerned about the way police kept Darius Simmons’ mother away after he was shot in May.

Bell said Sunday night that those people have no voice but, “tomorrow, they will” with his billboards.