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Land of the Unsolved: Maryland is reinvestigating 100 police custody deaths overseen by a shady medical examiner


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Former Maryland state medical examiner Dr. David Fowler testified at the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin in 2021 that the cause of George Floyd’s death ought to be ruled “undetermined.” Hundreds of doctors across the country repudiated Fowler’s testimony and called for his previous rulings to be investigated. After an independent review of Fowler’s rulings in 1,300 cases of deaths in police custody, the state of Maryland is now reinvestigating 100 of these deaths. The 2018 death of Anton Black, a 19-year-old African-American man, is included in the cases to be reviewed. Fowler ruled Black’s death an accident in spite of video footage showing three white police officers and one vigilante chasing the teen, tasering him, and pinning him to the ground for six minutes until he stopped breathing. In the latest episode of Land of the Unsolved, journalists Taya Graham, Stephen Janis, and Jayne Miller dig deeper into Dr. Fowler’s disturbing record, and the patterns it reflects in police killings across the nation.

Post-Production: Stephen Janis

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