Although it is not easy to determine the lividity or stage of rigor in the decedent, conspicuously absent are the EKG strip and leads that would have been left by the paramedics.
Of course, the cadaver could have been in such a state of decay that it would be patently obvious that the person was indeed deceased and needed no further verification from medical personnel.
It is also basic crime scene 101 that you have your officers removed from the photographs. If their intent was to show the posterior of the decedent, there is no reason to prop the body up by means of holding the arm. Nor are smiles and thumbs up standard operating procedures for sudden death investigations.
You will also find that in the statement released by Chief Swope, no where did he express any condolences, sorrow or apologies for any misunderstandings that caused undue grief to the family.
The world has drawn its conclusions and the pathetic excuse given in an impersonal statement does little to sway those impressions.
However, it is an affirmation on what the complete opposite of good police work looks like, both during and the aftermath.
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