Michael K. Williams – New York Criminal Justice Reform Bill Named In His Honor
Less than a week after his death, Michael K. Williams‘ legacy is being honored.
As previously reported, 54-year-old actor Michael K. Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn, New York home this past Monday (Sept. 6th). No official cause of death has been identified, though it is heavily suspected that Michael K. Williams died due to an accidental heroin overdose. Officials have launched a criminal investigation into the matter and are currently looking for his alleged drug dealer.
Now, in order to honor his legacy, a New York legislator is working on a criminal justice reform bill in the actor’s name. Brooklyn-based assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn–whose district includes Michael K. Williams‘ childhood neighborhood, East Flatbush–recently revealed:
“The Michael K. Williams bill will serve to reduce mass incarceration, which disproportionately hurts people of color and costs tax payers millions of dollars. This was Michael’s mission, and in New York State, we can and must do better. We will keep our communities safe and reduce racist policies that have led to America’s for-profit criminal justice system.”
The assemblywoman also revealed the ACLU was helping with the legislation.
During his lifetime, Michael K. Williams was an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform. His nephew, Dominic Dupont, claimed Michael K. Williams was a mentor for him after he was released from a 20-year stint in prison. Dominic Dupont said:
“He would work really hard to be a mentor to me and encourage me to stay focused on the important things.”
Notably, Michael K. Williams and Dominic Dupont started a nonprofit organization, Making Kids Win. The organization is geared towards giving opportunities to teenagers who are at risk of participating in gun violence.
Michael K. Williams was also recently heavily involved in an event that provided school supplies for kids in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
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