(TMU) — On April 9, 2018, the Palmers experienced every family’s worst nightmare. Everett Palmer Jr., a veteran and father of two children, had died while in police custody, they were told. Months later, the family was just as shocked when an independent pathologist said Palmer’s body was missing its throat, heart, and brain.
Two days before his death, Everett had made a trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to deal with an outstanding DUI warrant stemming from a 2016 arrest. He never returned. According to police, when Everett showed up to Pennsylvania he was immediately sent to York County Prison because of a suspended license.
Little was known about what happened after that until July 2018, when the York County Coroner’s report and autopsy results spelled out the official narrative of how Everett died.
According to the autopsy, Everett had become “agitated” while incarcerated inside his single cell and started to slam his head against his cell door. Subsequently, Everett became unresponsive and officers “restrained” him and took him to the prison’s clinic for resuscitation. Palmer was pronounced dead at the York Hospital at 5:46 a.m.
The coroner’s office—whom, it was later revealed, had outsourced the autopsy to an independent company—determined that the cause of death was “complication following an excited state, associated with methamphetamine toxicity, during physical restraint.” Autopsy results also listed a sickle-cell disorder as a contributing factor.
Forensic Pathology Associates, the third-party firm who conducted the autopsy, declined to describe the manner of Palmer’s death but York County Coroner Pamela L. Gay said methamphetamine alone could be responsible, though she does not know how Palmer acquired the drug while incarcerated.
Looking for answers, the Palmer family hired civil rights attorney Lee Merritt and an independent pathologist who made a series of shocking discoveries. First, Everett’s body was badly bruised. Additionally, his throat, heart, and brain had been removed.
Merritt claims he was issued several half-truths, lies, and anomalous statements in response to these missing organs. Initially, he says, the York County Coroner’s Office said they did not remove the organs. They later admitted they had removed them, only to blame the missing organs on the independent firm.
“This entire case smacks of a cover-up,” Merritt said in a recent interview.
However, York County Coroner Pamela L. Gay says the removal and storage of organs in this manner for further investigation is routine and abides by guidelines.
The independent pathologist who discovered the missing organs went even further in saying that the manner of death should be considered a homicide. Given that Everett was in the chain of custody of police before, during, and after his death—and was in a single-cell unit at the time he sustained his injuries—homicide would suggest there is a possibility the police were involved.
“We’re gonna get answers to what led to his death, and we do that with everybody,” Gay recently stated as the case began to receive more attention. “We’re going to do this the right way.”
But for the Palmer family, the ordeal has been going on for two years and many critical questions remain unanswered.
In an interview with NY1, Rose Palmer, Everett’s mother, expressed her disbelief at the autopsy conclusions.
“My son was a perfectly healthy young man, and my son is not going to bang his head on a cell,” said Rose. “My son was not a troublemaker, not at all, he was a very gentle, kind man.”
Everett’s brother, Dwyane Palmer, said his brother was in very good health, a “gentle giant” who served as a U.S. Army paratrooper, and that he did not have sickle-cell disorder. While the family admits Everett had “some history of drug use,” that history never included meth. Furthermore, the family says prison processing reports do not corroborate that Everett was intoxicated when he first arrived and do not mention any drug paraphernalia items having been found.
While the York County District Attorney’s Office isn’t discussing the case further until the coroner’s office provides more information, a lingering question for the family is whether the organ removal could have been a way to conceal the cause of death.
Another family attorney, Marlon Kirton, suggested this, saying it “makes no sense, unless you’re trying to maybe avoid people knowing how he died; which was maybe by asphyxiation.”
Dwyane Palmer echoed his mother in saying he doesn’t believe what the authorities tell them. The family has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to acquire surveillance from inside the prison.
“We know that there are good people in that prison system. We appeal to them to come forward and share what they know,” Palmer said in an interview. “It’s been over a year and we want some answers…We want closure. If something criminal happened, and I believe something criminal did happen, we want the people that was involved in that to be held accountable.”
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.