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Charlatan hired by Brown family to swing evidence

Well, here we go. It was to be expected when the evidence started to go the wrong way. Sunday the Brown family hired Shawn Parcells, a so-called medical examiner who operates a for-hire autopsy company out of Kansas City. Parcells uses the pseudonym "Dr." in front of his name even though he doesn't hold a medical degree of any type. Yet, the Brown family’s attorney hired him to assist in an independent autopsy on Michael Brown with Dr. Michael M. Baden.

Shawn Parcells presents his theories at Brown's autopsy.
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

According to Dr. Erik Mitchell, specialist in forensic pathology, Parcells’ claims of being a forensic pathologist assistant and medical investigator are false and misleading. Dr. Mitchell said, “That is a degree that does not exist in my knowledge, except in the mind of Shawn Parcells.”

Even though he admits to not being certified as a pathology assistant, Parcells insists that he’s qualified from experience. He claims to have worked for Dr. Thomas Young, former Jackson County Medical Examiner, as a forensic assistant for a year between 2005 and 2006. Parcells then claims to have started training in 1997 as an intern with Dr. Young, and was rehired in the mid-2000’s. There's only one problem. Dr. Young doesn't remember things quite that way. According to Dr. Young, “Shawn hung out at the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office but was not trained by me.”…. “He has been representing himself in a way that is not appropriate by giving forensic pathology opinions when he is not qualified to do so.” Oops!

It seems that the extent of Parcells experience only goes as far as a morgue technician, somebody who would move bodies around and clean up after an autopsy. And currently, he is using the title of "Professor."

Now why would someone like Parcells be hired? It seems that the Brown Family attorney’s Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks have now told CNN that Mike Brown was “executed” by Officer Wilson. Really? Well, it gets better. Parcells was supposedly brought in to assist Dr. Baden, however, in a video Darryl Parks states that the autopsy was already complete. Why was Parks stating that the autopsy had already been performed two days before Baden was even flown in if Parcells was just assisting Dr. Baden?

It seems that Parcells was used to conduct an autopsy, and then Dr.Baden was brought in after to meet with Parcells and give his opinion of it. That way you can get the autopsy you want. In essence, Baden was lending his credibility toward it. Then Benjamin Crump and Darryl Parks took Dr. Baden’s evaluation of the Shawn Parcell review, and handed it off to their New York Times friend, Frances Robles. Presenting it as if Baden had actually conducted the physical exam himself.

With the media rushing to judgement without any evidence and all the outside influences of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the New Black Panthers, KKK, militarized police, and out-of-town looters and rioters the hope of a peaceful solution was never even an option. As each day passes truth is drowned out by the agenda that was set into motion as soon as it happened. Justice has never been the goal. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone because we've seen this scenario played out before. The only difference is the central characters.

At some point we could hope that as humans, regardless of skin color, we would mature to the place where we hold ourselves accountable for our actions and not try and place blame on others. Where we realize that everything is not about race. Where sometimes people make really bad choices on their own, and have to suffer the consequences. Where we do not allow ourselves to be manipulated for gain-usually someone else's. Where we do not destroy our own community because we have become outraged behind an incident. Rage doesn't solve anything, it only destroys.

When it all finally ends, and it eventually will, the town will have to heal. A question that might be asked of Ferguson is, if something like this ever happened again, what would you do differently?

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