Consultant: Coroner’s Office must change

Sheriff Steve Moore

A consultant hired after the high-profile resignations of San Joaquin County Dr. Bennet Omalu and a colleague, who alleged interference form Sheriff Steve Moore — including on cases of officer-involved deaths — recommends making the Coroner’s Office independent and letting medical professionals run the show.

Money graf:

“The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office must adapt a new structure to properly serve the citizens of San Joaquin County. The organizational structure must ensure that the individuals with the most knowledge and experience in conducting medicolegal death investigations provide the ultimate management and leadership for the office. The office must be and appear to be independent of law enforcement particularly when investigating deaths in the custody of law enforcement or while in jail/prison. This requires a complete shift towards a Medical Examiner System.”

Thus the resignation of Omalu and his colleague appears to be leading to a new system.

 

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