Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s organization Know Your Rights Camp has announced that they are offering free autopsies for “police-related” deaths.
The organization is calling the effort the “Autopsy Initiative.”
In their announcement on Wednesday, the organization said that they have partnered with board-certified forensic pathologists who perform autopsies.
“We know that the prison industrial complex, which includes police and policing, strives to protect and serve its interests at all costs,” Kaepernick said. “The Autopsy Initiative is one important step toward ensuring that family members have access to accurate and forensically verifiable information about the cause of death of their loved one in their time of need.”
The group implied that medical examiners can’t be trusted.
“When a police-related death is involved, various concerns may arise including the reliability of the first autopsy conducted, the objectivity of the autopsy, the risk of manipulation of evidence, potential bias on behalf of the coroner or medical examiner, or use of faulty forensic procedures,” the organization says on their website.
Dr. Cyril Wecht is one of five forensic pathologists who have signed on with the initiative.
“I am extremely enthusiastic about this truly unique program,” Wecht said. “The opportunity to have unbiased second autopsies performed by independent, experienced forensic pathologists in police-related deaths will provide victims’ families with knowledge that the true facts of any such case have been thoroughly analyzed and prepared for appropriate utilization whenever deemed necessary.”
Know Your Rights Camp’s website says its mission “is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.