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Monday, March 14, 2011

[MI] Family of slain Officer Williams is suing Detroit for not preventing her death



...The lawsuit accuses two Detroit sergeants of protecting [Detroit Police Detective] Ed Williams from possible criminal prosecution following reports he had assaulted his wife [Detroit Police Officer Patricia Catherine "Katie" Ryan Williams] in the days leading up to the shooting...

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OFFICER'S FAMILY SUES CITY, POLICE
The Detroit News
March 14. 2011
[Excerpts] The family of a Detroit police officer killed by her estranged husband, a homicide detective, is suing the city and two sergeants, accusing them of scuttling an investigation that could have prevented her death. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, comes 18 months after Detroit homicide Detective Ed Williams, 36, of Canton Township, shot his wife, Patricia, 33, before turning the gun on himself... The lawsuit accuses two Detroit sergeants of protecting Ed Williams from possible criminal prosecution following reports he had assaulted his wife in the days leading up to the shooting. The 22-page complaint, filed March 7, chronicles the last three days of Ed's and Patricia Williams' lives. The time was marked by allegations of domestic violence against the husband and a statewide law enforcement alert prompted by the discovery of what appeared to be a suicide note written by Ed Williams. A Detroit police sergeant convinced Canton Township Police to cancel the alert, and Ed Williams eventually shot and killed his wife... The city "knowingly and consciously chose to shield the husband officer from suspension, investigation and potential criminal prosecution at the expense of protecting the wife from clear and obvious risk and danger," wrote lawyer William H. Goodwin, who is representing Patricia Williams' mother, Deborah Ryan... [Full article here]

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