Disastrous errors by medical examiners have raised questions about whether they are influenced by prejudgments and a close relationship with the police.
Many developing countries don’t keep official death records. A novel effort uses “electronic autopsies” to count deaths, and record their cause.
The examinations by board-certified forensic pathologists will be available for the families of people who died in police-related circumstances.
Such an extensive head injury would likely have left the actor confused, if not unconscious, experts said.
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.
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.
A medical examiner said that Cedric Lofton died of “complications of cardiopulmonary arrest” after he was handcuffed facedown in a juvenile correctional center.
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.”
For years, the leading experts have testified that prone restraint by police is safe. So why do people keep dying?
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?