The family has filed a $25 million civil lawsuit against the officers and the police department for wrongful death. They do not feel that the homicide was justified in any sense of the word.
The only open issue is whether or not the police officers will face criminal charges for their role in the killing of Williams. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations (MBI) completed its report concerning this taser-related death. [SOURCE]
“The investigation is complete,” said MBI Spokesperson Jon Kalahar. “It was completed sometime this month. It was turned over to the Bolivar County District Attorney office to Ms. Brenda Mitchell a couple of weeks ago. Ms. Mitchell decided that because she works so closely with the Cleveland Police Department, she did not want to handle the report. She believed it would be best that it be handled by an outside agency such as the attorney general’s office."Everyone is now waiting for the district attorney to determine if the officers were justified in killing Williams or if the case will be handed over to a grand jury for consideration of criminal charges.
Police chief Buster Bingham and his boys spin the story as follows:
Cleveland Police officers responded to a complaint around 3:18 a.m. of people loitering in the 700 block of Cross Street. During conversations, a bag of suspected cocaine was found on top of one of the vehicles where the individuals were standing.
As is normal procedure, the officers asked for identification of everyone. One particular individual gave the officers several false names. Another person, later identified as Williams, came up and said he was “gonna call someone.” He then grabbed the bag of suspected cocaine and ran.
Even then, according to the read statement, he was still combative and actually tried to take the taser from the officer. A second officer then arrived and Williams received a second taser jolt.
Other officers made it to the scene at which time they had to physically pull Williams’ arms out from under him. He was cuffed and officers noticed that he was having medical difficulties. Emergency services was called and prior to their arrival, the officers themselves gave Williams’ medical attention.He was taken to Bolivar Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. We figure that the MBI report may answer some of the open questions in this case:
- Did Williams die at the scene, on the way to the hospital or at the hospital?
- What happened to the bag of suspected cocaine? (did Williams ingest it; was it recovered or not at the scene?)