Approaching nearly two years since his death, the family of Byron Williams is suing the city of Las Vegas and four police officers as the responsible bodies for his death. The civil lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Marcia Wells and Teena Acree, the nieces of Williams.
Williams died back on Sept. 5, 2019 after local police stopped him for not having lights on his bicycle during his ride around dawn. Williams was a 50-year old Black man who was unarmed yet was handcuffed for the minor offense and later an officer’s knee was placed in his head, shoulders, and back while handcuffed. Despite Williams stating “I can’t breath” nearly 24 times, he went unconscious while in police custody and died an hour later.
The family of Williams is being represented by Ben Crump of Ben Crump Law, Antonio Romanucci, Bhavani Raveendran, and Ian Fallon of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and local counsel Patrick McDonnell of Michaelson & Associates.
The team of attorneys has stated a major reason Williams’s story has not been shared is that that the body camera footage did not become public until a Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review in the county took place in 2020.
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