Derek Chauvin’s defense called on Dr. David Fowler, the former chief medical examiner of Maryland, to testify on Wednesday as an expert witness.
Dr. Fowler, who retired as the state’s chief medical examiner in 2019, has a history of involvement with high-profile police use-of-force cases.
While he was chief medical examiner of Maryland, Dr. Fowler ruled that the death of Anton Black, a Black teenager who was killed during an interaction with the police in 2018, was an accident, The Baltimore Sun reported. No one was charged.
In December, Mr. Black’s family filed a federal lawsuit against Dr. Fowler, the officers involved in 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 prone position for around 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 office issued a homicide ruling in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man from Baltimore who died of a spinal cord injury after a widely circulated cellphone video showing him being dragged screaming into a police transport van.
In that case, six officers were initially charged with crimes including manslaughter and murder; the first trial ended in a hung jury, and three more officers were acquitted after trials before a judge.
Dr. Fowler is also an adjunct associate professor of pathology and pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He serves as the National Association of Medical Examiners representative for the Forensic Science Standards Board.
World News || Latest News || U.S. News