MESSAGE: from Redwood Curtain CopWatcher to Del Norte WatchDog- Regarding Cop with Taser Killing of (unarmed) Man in Crescent City, June 22, 2010

Please encourage the family to request an independent autopsy and for the body to be PRESERVED. 

When the system tells a grieving family that they have 'this' many days to cremate or bury, the grieving family usually does it quick and has to rally together the money to pay for it.  PLEASE tell them that they are entitled, if they request and notice the coroner, to an independent forensics testing (not sure how to pay for it, but it would be a forensic pathologist that the family chooses) and that should halt the "destruction" of Daniel's body. 

Also, they should work on not allowing the body to be destroyed so that if or when they sue , there is a body to examine.  OFTEN, the coroner's reports (including toxicology) do NOT match up with 1) the injuries that parents have seen on their dead children's bodies and 2) the substances that persons had in them prior to death (i.e. nicotine, marijuana)

Last for now, the community should be lobbying for a (county) CORONER'S INQUEST.  Not because justice comes of it, but rather PUBLIC exposure to the cops who did it, and the public can attend (and someone can record) all of the inquest hearings.  Good information and public exposure. 

Here is a link about Coroner's inquests from the Redwood Curtain CopWatch website:

Here is more about a COUNTY coroner inquest:

In some U.S. cities, every time a person dies in police custody or during an interaction with police, there is a coroner’s inquest. A coroner’s inquest is an ‘official’ inquiry into an unexplained, sudden, or violent death, held by a coroner. The purpose is to inquire who the person who died was, and when and where and by what means the person came to his or her death, to inquire into the circumstances attending the death, and to render a verdict according to the evidence offered or arising from the inspection of the body. A Coroner shall hold an inquest if requested to do so by the Attorney General, the district attorney, sheriff, city prosecutor, city attorney, or a chief of police of a city in the county in which such coroner has jurisdiction.  The inquest shall be held with or without a jury, at the coroner's discretion and SHALL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

"shall" in the law means MUST- it is required!  the family should request (in writing, in public, every way possible) an inquest to all those entities.  Also, the public should request, etc. 


While coroner’s inquests are not set up to be extremely probing, and although they seem often to render a toothless decision, or one that justifies killings by police, a major benefit of coroner’s inquests is that they are PUBLIC. That means that the police (and other witnesses) testify, and any and everyone can come and listen. In 2006, in Eureka, there was a coroner’s inquest about the death of Cheri Moore. I have studied that inquest, and attended part of the three day hearing. I am convinced that because of the inquest, I understand what happened, as anyone could who examines it. The mainstream media and local government can say what they will, supporting the official police story, but I have watched and listened with my own eyes and ears. And that is critical. Accountability and transparency are almost impossible to come by, when it comes to the police and the government. Cover-ups are rampant, business as usual.


Here is how to request a STATE CORONER'S INQUEST:

How to Request a STATE Inquest

A person's death can educate on a variety of factors such as public health and safety.
State Coroner sometimes performs and inquest where information is gathered and reviewed to determine cause of death, etc.

If you have

personal stake in the matter of someone's death, you can request this proceeding.

Here is how to request an inquest.


Step 1:
Speak with a lawyer who can help you make a request for an inquest. As an inquest is a legal proceeding, it is always helpful to have a professional on your side to help with things you might not understand.

Step 2:
Draw up, in writing, the request
(or have your lawyer draw up the request).

You must be related to the deceased;
and it must be determined that
you have adequate interest in the situation.

Step 3:
Send the written request directly to the office of the State Coroner. Specific reasons for wanting the inquest should be outlined in this document.

The State Coroner will then review this information (along with other information) to determine whether or not an inquest will be held.

Step 4:
Wait for a reply.
Whether the
inquest will be held or not, the State Coroner will notify the next of kin and inform them of his/her decision.

If he/she denies your request, adequate explanation must be provided as to why the inquest will not take place.

Step 5:
Determine whether further action is needed.

Inquests are a rare occurrence,
and there is a
chance that the State Coroner
will deny your request for an

In such a case,
you have the right to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Ask for an order to have the inquest held
You must appeal to the Supreme Court
within two weeks of receiving the coroner's decision.


Read the papers'/cop version of what happened to Daniel Sylvester, June 22, 2010:]