Famed Forensic Pathologist Quits Over Macabre Goings-OnDecember 7, 2017 9:05pm

Two forensic pathologists—one famous, as far as forensic pathologists go—have amassed more than 100 pages of notes since May, and the details they contain are in some cases macabre.

Susan Parson resigned her post with San Joaquin County last week; Dr. Bennet Omalu—known for his CTE-related discoveries regarding NFL players and portrayed by Will Smith in the 2015 film Concussion—followed suit on Tuesday.

The cause, they say, relates to the behavior of Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore, who Omalu alleged in an Aug. 22 memo "does whatever he feels like doing as the coroner, in total disregard of bioethics, standards of practice of medicine, and the generally accepted principles of medicine." Omalu claims Moore on several occasions asked him to change the manner of death from homicide to accident.



He writes that what he initially assumed to be an "anomaly" turned out to be "routine practice" and often related to deaths involving officers. The Sacramento Bee reports the pathologists also allege that Moore's staff dictated that the hands be severed from at least five corpses so that a forensic lab could ID them—an unnecessary move, Omalu writes, because they'd already been identified by family members or other evidence, who made the removal "a form of body mutilation, which we should not be doing." They also report on paperwork and other delays that they claim led some corpses to decompose before they could even do a full autopsy.

In a statement posted to Facebook Wednesday regarding Omalu's move, Moore wrote that he takes his job "extremely seriously" and has "never" interfered with a forensic investigation.

More From Newser

This article originally appeared on Newser: Famed Forensic Pathologist Quits Over Macabre Goings-On

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

Newlywed mom of 5 dies after giving birth to twin girlsCalifornia firefighter Nick Reeder was by his wife’s side on April 9, when she gave birth via scheduled C-section to their healthy twin girls.
Mengden goes 8 crisp innings in A's 8-1 win over White SoxDaniel Mengden carried a shutout into the ninth inning in his best start of the season and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1 before another sparse crowd at the Coliseum
Grandal's slam, Kemp's 3-run HR send Dodgers past Pads 10-3Yasmani Grandal hit a grand slam, Matt Kemp had a three-run homer and Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out nine in six strong innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat the San Diego Padres 10-3
San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo, left, goes after Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) as players fight during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Sharks use 2nd period barrage to beat Ducks 8-1 for 3-0 lead
In this April 3, 2018, photo, provided by Sherri Ball, Mari Mitchel, left, poses for a photo with Ann Burgard, the woman who found her jewelry, near the pile of mud where the jewelry was found in Montecito, Calif. Months after the fatal mudslides nearly wiped the small community of Montecito off the map, those who survived are still looking for and finding their belongings in the deep and hardened sludge. (Sherri Ball via AP)
Mudslide survivors find hope in recovered belongings
FILE - In this March 27, 2018, file photo, David Hernandez, left, Genevieve Peters, center, and Jennifer Martinez celebrate after the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to join the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the State of California's sanctuary cities law (SB54) during their meeting in Santa Ana, Calif. Leaders of California's second-largest county voted Tuesday, April 17, 2018, to officially support the Trump administration's lawsuit against the state's so-called sanctuary law that limits police cooperation with federal immigration agents. . (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP, File)
Another California county backs Trump's 'sanctuary' lawsuit
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices