Leave it to Charles Krauthammer — who has been absolutely hitting it out of the park lately on the Ferguson riots — to say what few people have dared to say over the past couple of days when it comes to the multiple autopsies that have been performed on Michael Brown’s body (three autopsies by my count so far).
“There’s … this expectation that we’re going to learn it all from the autopsies,” said Charles. “This is the CSI culture: everybody assumes that if you get a good enough fictional team in there, they will be able to figure out exactly what happened at every second. It doesn’t exactly work that way in autopsies.”
Krauthammer is spot-on here. I’ve been saying for years that when it comes to high-profile criminal cases, whether it’s been Casey Anthony or George Zimmerman, suddenly everyone believes they’re a crime scene investigator because they’ve watched David Caruso take his sunglasses on and off a few hundred times. There’s no sophistication about it among the public, and a disturbing amount of people seem to act like the Hollywoodized version of crime-solving that they’ve seen on Without a Trace, Law & Order, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Bones, True Detective, The Killing, and countless others is how it’s really done. I may be going out on a limb here, but I highly doubt Dr. Michael Baden’s autopsy was followed with a song by The Who.
“All [Baden] could say is that “this is consistent with, that is consistent with.” In medicine, the term “consistent with” is a weasel-word [way] of saying, “I have no idea. It could be anything,” declared Krauthammer.
Amen, brother. Now let’s all stop pretending like we have degrees in forensic science and leave these professionals alone to do their jobs. How would you like all of America telling you how to do yours?
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