Autopsies Have a History of Costly Mistakes, Yet Change Is Slow

Disastrous errors by medical examiners have raised questions about whether they are influenced by prejudgments and a close relationship with the police.

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A Door-to-Door Effort to Find Out Who Died Helps Low-Income Countries Aid the Living

Many developing countries don’t keep official death records. A novel effort uses “electronic autopsies” to count deaths, and record their cause.

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A Group Founded by Colin Kaepernick Is Providing Free Second Autopsies

The examinations by board-certified forensic pathologists will be available for the families of people who died in police-related circumstances.

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Bob Saget’s Autopsy Report Describes Severe Skull Fractures

Such an extensive head injury would likely have left the actor confused, if not unconscious, experts said.

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Israeli Commanders Disciplined in Death of Palestinian-American Man

Three Israeli military commanders have been reprimanded and reassigned after an investigation into the death of a 78-year-old man after he was detained.

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Death of Georgia Teen Found in Gym Mat Was ‘Weird Accident,’ Sheriff Says

Eight years after Kendrick Johnson, 17, was found upside-down in a large mat in his high school gym, the Lowndes County sheriff decided to reopen the case.

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Death of 17-Year-Old in Custody in Kansas Is Ruled a Homicide

A medical examiner said that Cedric Lofton died of “complications of cardiopulmonary arrest” after he was handcuffed facedown in a juvenile correctional center.

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Family of Former N.F.L. Player Raises Questions About His Death

Lawyers for the family of Glenn Foster Jr., 31, said his death while in the custody of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama had not resulted from “natural causes.”

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Why the Studies Around Police Restraints Are Now on Trial

For years, the leading experts have testified that prone restraint by police is safe. So why do people keep dying?

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The Police Called It An Accident. She Turned to 1-800-Autopsy.

The close ties between coroners and law enforcement have fueled an usual and unregulated industry: for-profit forensic examinations.

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How Sickle Cell Trait in Black People Can Give the Police Cover

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.

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In Chauvin Trial, Medical Examiner Says Police Were Main Cause of Floyd’s Death

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.

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In the George Floyd Case, Why Is Cause of Death so Difficult to Determine?

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.

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Georgia Sheriff Reopens Case Into Teenager Found Dead in a Gym Mat

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.

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A Family’s Search for Answers: Did Their Brother Die of Covid?

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.

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Janet Irvin Arrested in Case of Teen Found Dead in a Field

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.

#autopsies, #charles-quawan-d-2020, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #deaths-fatalities, #irvin-janet, #louisiana

Dr. Mary Fowkes, 66, Dies; Helped Science Understand the Pandemic

She performed autopsies in New York that found blood clots in vital organs, suggesting how much the virus spreads through the body.

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Disappearance and Death of Louisiana Teen Raises Questions About Police Response

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.

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New York Will Test the Dead More Often for Coronavirus and Flu

New regulations require a ramp-up in testing for patients with symptoms, as well as people who weren’t tested before they died.

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Officers Shot Latino Man Five Times in the Back, Autopsy Says

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.

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How Did George Floyd Die? A Private Autopsy Said It Was Asphyxiation

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.

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Piled Bodies, Overflowing Morgues: Inside America’s Autopsy Crisis

Medical examiners provide crucial insights into public health and safety. What happens when we don’t have enough of them?

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