An EXCERPT From
Medical Examiners' Guide For
Manner of Death Classification
The following excerpt is from the "First Edition" of this Guide,
approved by the NAME Board of Directors in February 2002.
It was prepared by:
Randy Hanzlich, MD
John C. Hunsaker III, MD, JD
Gregory J. Davis, MD.
From page 11 of the Guide:
16. Deaths due to positional restraint induced by law enforcement personnel or to choke holds or other measures to subdue may be classified as Homicide. In such cases, there may not be intent to kill, but the death results from one or more intentional, volitional, potentially harmful acts directed at the decedent (without consent, of course). Further, there is some value to the homicide classification toward reducing the public perception that a "cover-up" is being perpetrated by the death investigation agency.
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