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Fri Apr 23, 2021, 08:47 PM

In-custody death reports under former Maryland medical examiner to be reviewed

Source: Baltimore Sun

The Maryland’s Attorney General’s Office said Friday it believes there should be a review of “in custody” death reports produced by the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner during the tenure of Dr. David Fowler, nine days after Fowler testified that an ex-Minneapolis police officer was not responsible for the death of George Floyd in police custody.

The announcement came less than 24 hours after the attorney general’s office received a letter from the former medical examiner of Washington, D.C., Roger A. Mitchell, signed by 431 doctors from around the country, saying Fowler’s testimony and conclusions were so far outside the bounds of accepted forensic practice that all his previous work could come into question.

“Dr. Fowler’s stated opinion that George Floyd’s death during active police restraint should be certified with an ‘undetermined’ manner is outside the standard practice and conventions for investigating and certification of in-custody deaths. This stated opinion raises significant concerns for his previous practice and management,” the letter said.

Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office said Friday afternoon that it agreed for the need to review Fowler’s work, and said it had been in contact with Gov. Larry Hogan’s staff.

Read more: https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-ag-office-review-20210423-l2oamj3ixnhwznd4545f7pjcau-story.html



Full headline: In-custody death reports under former Maryland medical examiner to be reviewed after he testified Chauvin did not kill George Floyd

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Fri Apr 23, 2021, 08:49 PM

1. I suggest they also look at Fowler's bank records. 'magine there have been some payments...

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Fri Apr 23, 2021, 08:52 PM

2. See what places and whom he socializes

With online.. he may have certain beliefs that may cloud his judgement,just sayin'

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Fri Apr 23, 2021, 09:08 PM

3. Good. He's already batting a thousand.

Integrity is a deal breaker in this line of work; he didn't appear to have any.

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Fri Apr 23, 2021, 10:02 PM

4. Good. I'm shocked he 'served' as long as he did here.

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Fri Apr 23, 2021, 10:08 PM

5. Remember Freddie Gray

Fowler was there at the time and people complained about the medical examiner. 6 years ago.

TYRONE WEST: As if killing him wasn’t enough. They want to spit in your face and dehumanize–I’m tired of them dehumanizing our people.

JANIS: In fact, the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office rules more deaths undetermined than almost any state agency in the country. According to documents revealed by The Real News, over the past ten years the medical examiner has ruled over 2,348 deaths undetermined in Baltimore alone, a rate of roughly 10 percent of all deaths in the city, nearly double the average of comparable municipalities across the country. We asked the Chief Medical Examiner Dr. David Fowler for comment, but he declined. In the past he has attributed most undetermined deaths to the high number of drug overdoses in Baltimore.

A. DWIGHT PETTIT, CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY: I don’t have much faith in the Medical Examiner’s Office.

JANIS: Still, civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit, who is currently battling the Medical Examiner’s Office over the ruling on West’s death in court, says the public has a right to question the information coming out of an agency that has left so many deaths of Baltimore residents, including West’s, in limbo.

PETTIT: When they do these autopsies, people are not aware, the police department’s sitting right in the autopsy room. They have four, five, six, seven police officers sitting there right while the doctor’s doing this. And so many cases you have that pervasive intimidation again, even in the Medical Examiner’s office. So I don’t have much confidence in them.


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Sat Apr 24, 2021, 03:09 AM

6. Maryland officials to launch review of cases handled by ex-chief medical examiner who testified in C

Maryland officials to launch review of cases handled by ex-chief medical examiner who testified in Chauvin’s defense
Emily Davies, Ovetta Wiggins 2 hrs ago

Top Maryland officials are launching an investigation of all deaths in police custody that were overseen by the state’s former chief medical examiner who testified in Derek Chauvin’s defense, the Maryland attorney general and governor’s offices announced Friday.

Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, said the office has been in internal discussions about launching a probe for the past couple of weeks and recently reached out to Gov. Larry Hogan’s office about how to proceed.

David Fowler, who was Maryland’s chief medical examiner from 2002 to 2019, served as a key witness for Chauvin, whose high-profile trial ended this week with a jury convicting the former Minneapolis officer of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

Fowler broke with the Hennepin County medical examiner, among others, to classify Floyd’s killing as “undetermined” and not a homicide. Floyd was seen in viral video gasping for breath while pinned under Chauvin’s knee. Fowler testified that the primary cause of Floyd’s death was cardiac arrhythmia during police restraint due to underlying heart disease. He also said that Floyd’s drug use and exposure to carbon monoxide from the police car contributed to his death.

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