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Department of Medical Examiner Discovers Pattern of Unhoused Targeted in Murder Cases

Department of Medical Examiner Discovers Pattern of Unhoused Targeted in Murder Cases 972 682 Medical Examiner

  December 6, 2023 – On Thursday, Nov. 30, medical examiners at the Department of Medical Examiner (DME) noticed a trend of recent cases in which unhoused individuals sleeping on the sidewalk were approached and shot. All three deaths were under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) but involved two separate homicide…

New Name, Same Great Service: County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Drops “Coroner” from Official Name; Department Seal, Position Titles Updated

New Name, Same Great Service: County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Drops “Coroner” from Official Name; Department Seal, Position Titles Updated 940 788 Medical Examiner

  June 28, 2023 – The County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner will now be called the County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner (Department) after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Board) yesterday voted to approve the ordinance for the official name change.   The removal of “coroner” was needed to reinforce…

Dr. Odey C. Ukpo Appointed as Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner

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Dr. Odey C. Ukpo Appointed as Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner On March 7, 2023, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Dr. Odey C. Ukpo as Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner to lead one of the most prominent medical examiner’s offices in the nation. Dr. Ukpo is the first African American to serve as Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner…

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Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Releases Statement Underscoring Independent Approach to Death Investigations

Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Releases Statement Underscoring Independent Approach to Death Investigations 1024 682 Medical Examiner

(en Español) March 1, 2023 – The County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner released the following statement in response to assertions made based on a new report by UCLA’s Biocritical Studies Lab:  While the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner (DMEC) appreciates efforts to bring attention to the important topic of in-custody deaths, our department…

DMEC Forensic Pathology Fellowship Presentation at USCAP Annual Conference

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March 15, 2022 - The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner will be hosting a table at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s (USCAP) annual conference to promote it's Forensic Pathology Fellowship.

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The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner reopens facility to the public

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Oct. 1, 2021 - Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department is enforcing strict health protocols to maintain staff and visitor safety.

Information for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

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April 27, 2021 - FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

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Changes in service from the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner

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March 16, 2020 - Due to an abundance of caution regarding the coronavirus, all routine visits to Medical Examiner-Coroner facilities are being suspended.

Lucas Named New L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner

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June 13, 2017 - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday appointed Dr. Jonathan Lucas as the County’s new Medical Examiner-Coroner to lead one of the busiest and most high profile offices of its kind in the nation.

Youthful Drunk Driver Visitation Program

Youthful Drunk Driver Visitation Program (YDDVP)

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The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner began presenting the Youthful Drunk Driver Visitation Program (YDDVP) in 1989. The program was established by the California State Legislature and is codified in the California Vehicle Section 23509 et seq. All participants must be ordered by the court to attend the program.

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