Famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will perform an autopsy on Mario Deane, who died while in police custody at the Barnett Street Police station in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The family of the slain man postponed the autopsy until they could retain the services of an independent pathologist.
Dr. Baden told reporters at Donald Sangster International Airport, “I am concerned about deaths in police custody,” the Jamaica Observer reports.
Baden continued, “We have had a serious problem in the United States, and I have been involved for 35 years in investigating deaths through actions in police custody. And the [relatives] here are very concerned about the death of their son, and I think that’s a legitimate concern, and [I am going to] try and see if I can provide any answers as to what happened.”
Mario Deane was severely beaten by fellow inmates after he was arrested on Aug. 3 for possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was allegedly denied bail after he was overheard voicing his dislike of the police. Deane was later taken to Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he died three days later, after he was allegedly beaten by inmates.
The police initially told doctors at the hospital Mario Deane had fallen off a bunk. Clearly that was far from the truth. Six police officers have been suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation. The beating death sparked widespread protests in Montego Bay, as many demanded the truth.