Derek Chauvin’s defense known as on Dr. David Fowler, the former chief medical examiner of Maryland, to testify on Wednesday as an professional witness.
Dr. Fowler, who retired because the state’s chief medical examiner in 2019, has a historical past of involvement with high-profile police use-of-force instances.
While he was chief medical examiner of Maryland, Dr. Fowler dominated that the dying of Anton Black, a Black teenager who was killed throughout an interplay with the police in 2018, was an accident, The Baltimore Sun reported. No one was charged.
In December, Mr. Black’s household filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to Dr. Fowler, the officers concerned within the incident, and others.
“Two years before George Floyd died after being restrained and pinned down by police, 19- year-old Anton Black (‘Anton’ or ‘Decedent’) was killed by three white law enforcement officials and a white civilian in a chillingly similar manner on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” the lawsuit reads.
According to the lawsuit, officers restrained Mr. Black in a inclined place for round six minutes after he had been Tasered and handcuffed as he “struggled to breathe, lost consciousness and suffered cardiac arrest.”
In 2015, Dr. Fowler’s workplace issued a murder ruling within the dying of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man from Baltimore who died of a spinal twine harm after a broadly circulated cellphone video displaying him being dragged screaming right into a police transport van.
In that case, six officers have been initially charged with crimes together with manslaughter and homicide; the primary trial led to a hung jury, and three extra officers have been acquitted after trials earlier than a choose.
Dr. Fowler can be an adjunct affiliate professor of pathology and pediatrics on the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He serves because the National Association of Medical Examiners consultant for the Forensic Science Standards Board.