Murdered police officer's family wants to sue city of Detroit

Family wants bankruptcy judge to lift lawsuit freeze

By Roger Weber - Reporter

DETROIT - The family of a Detroit police officer murdered in 2009 has asked federal bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to lift a freeze on lawsuits against the city of Detroit so they can pursue their case.

Officer Patricia Kate Williams was shot and killed outside the Canton Township public library by her police officer husband, Ed Williams, who then committed suicide.

Officer Williams' mother, Deborah Ryan, still feels the pain.

"My daughter is missed by many," Ryan said.

Deborah Ryan is suing Canton Township and the city of Detroit.  She says two days before the killing, her daughter told Canton Township police she had been battered.'

"He had hit her but there had been abuse previous to this that we were not really aware of," Ryan said.

 According to the lawsuit, Canton police put the name of Ed Williams into the lien system, but Deborah Ryan said Detroit police advised them to remove it.

"If they would have followed the same rules that would have applied to me as a person who did not wear a badge, that they would have arrested him," Ryan said.

Now, Deborah Ryan believes the city is trying to hide behind its bankruptcy filing.

"The city still needs to answer questions. Why? Be accountable for what you have done to our family," Ryan said.

Judge Rhodes heard arguments from the family during a Wednesday hearing.

He has taken the matter under advisement.

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