Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosch and Governor Larry Hogan have announced that they will review all reports of police custody deaths made by former coroner David Fowler during his tenure between 2002 and 2019. The prosecution announced Friday after receiving an open letter from 400 US medical professionals, questioning the work of the retired pathologist, according to his testimony at the trial of African American George Floyd’s death.
In the trial of the murder of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Faller said he cited George Floyd’s death during a police operation in May 2020 as a sudden arrhythmia due to heart disease and the cause of death was unclear. In doing so, he denied many experts, who had previously stated that Floyd died of oxygen deficiency as he was being caught by the police. Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd for nine minutes and 29 seconds, finally won in all respects. Found guilty.
Fowler told the Baltimore Sun that he was unaware of any reviews and was defending his agency’s work. He said that he was not solely responsible for the autopsy. He did not want to comment on his statements in the murder trial against Chauvin.
A spokesperson for the responsible office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) said that the agency is committed to transparency and will fully cooperate in an investigation.
A case is currently pending against Fowler and other officers in the 19-year-old Anton Black case, which was arrested in Maryland 2018 Was killed Fowler also ruled in the case that Black’s death was not caused by police actions that took him to the ground six minutes before his death.