Teen dies in police custody, family asks DA for help

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The family of a Birmingham teen who died in the custody of Homewood Police says not enough is being done in the investigation. Their claims were sent in a letter from Bryon Perkins, the attorney for William Owens' family.

Perkins asks Jefferson County's  district attorney, Brandon Falls, to form an independent citizen's advisory committee comprised of religious and civic leaders along with law enforcement to investigate the circumstances surrounding Owens' death.

Owens died after being tasered by a Homewood Police officer.

Homewood officials says Williams was resisting arrest after being caught burglarizing cars.

The district attorney, Falls, says forming a citizen's review committee, as the family has requested, is not under the purview of his office. That's something a legislative body must approve.

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