Medical Examiner Won’t Release Autopsy Of Man Who Died In Police Custody

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After months of public outcry, the medical examiner has finished the autopsy of a Baltimore man who died in police custody. But the agency won’t release results…not even to the dead man’s family.

Kai Jackson explains why.

Tyrone West died in an altercation with police during a traffic stop in July. Now, his autopsy is complete, more than four months into the investigation.

According to WJZ’s media partner, The Baltimore Sun, results are not being released because a criminal investigation is still underway.

West was pulled over on July 18 in Northeast Baltimore. Police have previously said West had a “medical emergency” while fighting officers. But witnesses claim he was brutally beaten.

Nine officers remain suspended during the investigation.

West was on parole and police say suspected drugs were found at the scene.

West’s family has been protesting, demanding insight into how he died.

Recently, city councilmembers have joined their call for answers. A City Council hearing on the status of the case is set for Dec. 11.

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