The close ties between coroners and law enforcement have fueled an usual and unregulated industry: for-profit forensic examinations.
Sickle cell trait has been cited in dozens of police custody deaths ruled accidental or natural, even though the condition is benign on its own, a Times investigation found.
Dr. Andrew Baker, who performed the official autopsy of George Floyd, said that fentanyl and heart disease had contributed to his death, but that the officers’ actions were the main cause.
The prosecution in Derek Chauvin’s trial is trying to establish that George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen. Here, experts break down the key medical terminology surrounding his autopsies.
The body of Kendrick Johnson, 17, was found upside-down in a large mat in his high school gym in 2013. The county sheriff said the death, initially ruled an accident, should be investigated again.
When a healthy 41-year-old died a year ago, an autopsy blamed heart disease. But his family wants to know if the coronavirus was lurking before anyone realized it.
Janet Irvin, 37, was charged with failure to report a missing child in the disappearance of Quawan Charles, 15. The case has raised questions about the urgency of the police response.
She performed autopsies in New York that found blood clots in vital organs, suggesting how much the virus spreads through the body.
Quawan Charles was found dead in a field in rural Louisiana days after he had vanished. Now his family is asking whether his death could have been prevented with a faster response.
New regulations require a ramp-up in testing for patients with symptoms, as well as people who weren’t tested before they died.
Andres Guardado was killed in Southern California last month. His family said he was working as a security guard for an auto body shop the day he was shot.
A private autopsy commissioned by the family concluded that his death was a homicide, brought about by compression of his neck and back by Minneapolis police officers.
Medical examiners provide crucial insights into public health and safety. What happens when we don’t have enough of them?