The body of a deceased patient can be examined by a doctor who has completed a medical examination in the United States, but only after the patient’s family has been notified of their wishes.
The body of Michael K. in Dallas, Texas, died on December 16, 2009.
He was pronounced dead at 4:45 a.m. on December 17.
The autopsy determined he had been dead for seven hours and that his brain was fractured and that he was severely dehydrated.
The cause of death was septicemia, which the Dallas medical examiner ruled a probable result of a septic infection.
On March 18, 2011, the Dallas Morning News reported that a Texas medical examiner said the death was not a homicide and that Michael K.’s death was a homicide.
The newspaper also reported that the Dallas police were investigating.
However, it is unclear whether Michael K., who was white, or his mother, who was black, was killed or if the case was being investigated as a hate crime.
A federal lawsuit filed by the family of Michael was dismissed in December.
On February 11, 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, alleging that the Department of Health and Human Services was discriminating against Michael K for failing to provide medical documentation that would allow a coroner’s jury to consider whether Michael had been unlawfully killed.
The complaint also claims that in January 2016, Texas’ Department of Public Health issued an order that required hospitals and medical examining facilities in the state to provide “all medical documentation, including death certificates, within one business day of a death” unless the request for the documentation was denied.
In response, the city of Dallas agreed to provide a copy of Michael’s medical documentation on the condition that it be forwarded to the state.
The department also said it would provide copies of the documents to all other counties in Texas that have jurisdiction over Michael K’s death.
On April 10, 2016 the Dallas Police Department sent a letter to all of the counties in the State of Texas in which it is alleged Michael K was a patient and requested that they expedite processing of the paperwork to allow them to provide copies to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.
In addition to denying the request, the letter stated that if the county requests additional medical documentation in response to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) order, the department would consider the request.
The Department of Homeland Security is also investigating.
The Dallas Police and Fire Departments stated that they have not received a single complaint about Michael K’s death and that it was unclear if the death is being investigated by the agency.
A spokesman for the Texas Health and Safety Board (Travis County) said that it is working with the Dallas Medical Examiner to provide information about Michael’s death.
In a statement released on March 22, the Travis County Medical Board said that they were unable to provide any additional information about the case to the public at this time.