What Autopsies Can And Can't Reveal

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Michael Brown is pictured in this Facebook photo dated January 5, 2013. (Big'mike Jr Brown/Facebook)

The results of a private autopsy of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, showed that he was shot at least six times. The information raised even more questions about the events surrounding Brown’s death, and kicked off a fresh round of protests in the St. Louis suburb.

The results of a state-performed autopsy have not been released yet, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a federal medical examiner to perform a third autopsy.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss what an autopsy can reveal about a crime scene — and what it can’t.


  • Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D., forensic pathologist, attorney and medical-legal consultant.
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