Probe launched into key witness who said Derek Chauvin didn’t kill George Floyd


A key witness in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial will have 17 years’ worth of his in-custody death reports independently reviewed after he testified that the former Minneapolis police officer was not responsible for the death of African American man George Floyd. Dr. David Fowler, a retired forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner of the state of Maryland, was put on the witness stand as a medical expert by Chauvin’s defence lawyer, Eric Nelson. Now that the trial is over, the American medical community has turned on Dr. Fowler after being alarmed by his testimonies during the four-week legal process. Washington, D.C.’s former chief medical examiner Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr., wrote an open letter calling for investigations into Dr. Fowler’s medical license, as well as a review of the Maryland medical examiner’s office under Dr. Fowler’s leadership. At least 458 physicians across the USA have signed the letter. They blasted his testimony about Mr Floyd’s cause of death — and especially the suggestion that carbon monoxide exposure may have contributed to it — as “baseless, revealed obvious bias, and raised malpractice concerns.”

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