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.

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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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