Sunday, August 17, 2014

Michael Brown shooting: Missouri; CNN reports family sources saying high profile forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will conduct a second autopsy. CBC News.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: The highly politicized aftermath of this tragic,  senseless shooting  makes a transparent, evidenced-based death investigation imperative. I will therefore be closely following developments such as the reported  entry into the case of forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, apparently at the request of the family.

Harold Levy Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.

STORY: "Michael Brown shooting: Protesters take to streets ahead of curfew," published by CBC News on August 16, 2014.

GIST: "The police version of Brown's shooting differs markedly from witness accounts, including that of the friend who was walking with Brown at the time, Dorian Johnson, 22. In the police version, after Wilson asked Brown to move out of the road onto a sidewalk, Brown reached into the patrol car and struggled with Wilson for the officer's service gun. Wilson, who sustained a facial injury, then shot Brown a number of times. Johnson and at least one other witness have said the officer reached out through his car window to grab at Brown and the teenager was trying to get away from the officer when he was shot. Brown held up his hands in a sign of surrender but the officer got out of his patrol car and shot Brown several times, they said. Brown family attorney Anthony Gray said on Saturday that Dr. Michael Baden, a high-profile forensic pathologist, will conduct a second autopsy on Brown's body, according to CNN. FBI agents were at the scene of the shooting on Saturday interviewing residents, and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson also visited the site, leading a prayer near a makeshift memorial to Brown just a few feet from where he died."

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Time Magazine story: "An attorney for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. one week ago, said Saturday that the family’s legal team had hired a well known forensic pathologist to conduct an independent autopsy of the teenager’s body. Brown’s body is in the process of being prepared for Michael Baden, who has worked on such high-profile cases as John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and O.J. Simpson, and is the host of HBO’s Autopsy, said Anthony Gray, the St. Louis-based attorney for Brown’s family. The undisclosed costs of the autopsy will be absorbed in overall legal fees, Gray said. “We want the facts so we can get justice for Michael Brown,” he told TIME. “The family deserves it.” An autopsy carried out by the St Louis County Medical Examiner’s office the day after Brown’s death concluded that he died as a result of gunshot wounds. The office has not yet released the number of times he had been shot."

Business Insider story: (AG Holder wants second autopsy to be conducted  independently by a federal medical examiner);  "U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has taken another step in his investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death has led to fierce protests in the relatively small city of Ferguson, Missouri. Holder's office released a statement Sunday morning declaring the "extraordinary circumstances" involved in the case have caused him to order Justice Department officials to perform a second autopsy by a federal medical examiner. "Due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family, Attorney General Holder has instructed Justice Department officials to arrange for an additional autopsy to be performed by a federal medical examiner. This independent examination will take place as soon as possible," the statement said."


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