Orleans coroner releases new guidelines for responding to law enforcement-related deaths

Orleans coroner releases new guidelines for responding to law enforcement-related deaths

The Orleans Parish coroner on Monday unveiled new protocols for responding to deaths that occur as a result of law enforcement action or while someone is in custody.

Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse said the new procedures are designed to improve the transparency and accountability of the coroner's office and improve the public's confidence in death investigations.

The guidelines apply to deaths that occur while someone is in police custody or while someone is jailed or in prison; deaths that occur as the result of the use of force by law enforcement officials or deaths that occur in a hospital setting for someone in custody, under police supervision, or who has recently been released from custody.

According to a coroner's office news release, in any of the above cases:

"The Coroner or the Chief Investigator will report to each scene

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