‘Concussion’ Doctor Resigns From San Joaquin County Job, Alleges Sheriff Corruption
Last week's abrupt departure of a San Joaquin County pathologist has taken on new significance following the resignation of the county’s chief medical examiner Tuesday.
On Monday, County News reported that San Joaquin County pathologist Susan Parson was stepping down after just a year on the job. She blamed the county’s sheriff, Steve Moore, for allegedly interfering in death investigations and creating a toxic work environment for her and staff. Sheriff Moore denied the allegations.
Parson warned that there would be more to follow. In the letter to County Administrator Monica Nino, she said she was certain that the county’s chief medical examiner, world-renowned Dr. Bennet Omalu, would be the next to step down. She was right. Dr. Omalu resigned from the job Tuesday.
Dr. Omalu’s exit is a major loss for San Joaquin in and of itself, but it’s what he’s revealing that has shocked the entire county.
In a scathing four-page letter, the chief medical examiner said he supports every one of the allegations made by Susan Parson. He then went even further, claiming he was prevented from attending certain crime scenes, that Sheriff Moore asked him to falsify court testimony and manners of death, and that Moore even cut the hands off of bodies in the morgue without his knowledge or consent.
Dr. Omalu’s letter raises the possibility that the sheriff has been running interference for law enforcement officials who have seen people die in their custody. He said he also witnessed the sheriff “humiliate and bully” Parson on numerous occasions, again attesting to the alarming accusations made in her resignation letter.
Sheriff Moore continues to deny the claims.
Further details on the scandal and a full copy of Dr. Omalu’s letter are available at KQED.
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