Charles Eimers Photo provided by Treavor Eimers
“I am deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the in-custody death of Charles Eimers,” CRB [Citizen Review Board] member Tom Milone said Wednesday.
The controversy about the Thanksgiving morning death on South Beach of 61-year old Charles Eimers continues to grow. Thousands of people have reviewed the video of Charles Eimer’s arrest published by The Blue Paper and have been disturbed by the irreconcilable differences between the events shown in the video and the account initially proffered by the police department.
“There is particular concern over the use of prone restraint,” says Tom Milone, “We’re considering reviewing the procedures in light of the incident with Charles Eimers and the growing concern about the risk of using that method in the sand.” The CRB has asked the police department to explain the existing polices at their next scheduled meeting.
The question, says David Paul Horan, attorney for the Eimers’ family, “is where do you use the prone restraint method? Would you use it in the water? Should you use it in the sand?” Continue reading
The wheels of justice grind slowly for a reason. Rushing to judgment often brings about a self-fulfilled and inaccurate outcome. Bias and prejudice, along with a predetermined perspective of guilt and innocence, have wrongfully sentenced many individuals to death.
Conditioned and inflamed ‘mind sets’ frequently give way under the weight of emotional appeal. I’m profoundly disturbed and saddened by the events surrounding Mr. Eimers’ death.
My life’s experience has required me to directly address several incidents where police conduct brought about the death of innocent men. In the last incident, the state, with malice and forethought, decided to execute a man they knew to be innocent. Over time they were systematically beaten back, so as to settle for three life sentences without parole. Continued pressure brought a dismissal of all charges and his release. Continue reading
Charles Eimers Photo provided by Treavor Eimers
Monroe County Medical Examiner E. Hunt Scheuerman, MD on Thursday released his preliminary objective report following the autopsy of Charles Eimers.
Charles Eimers, 61, tourist for a day in our island Paradise, died on Thanksgiving day while in the hands of Key West police officers. The arrest took place on South Beach in front of multiple witnesses who reported a scene of violence: tasers being used repeatedly on a man handcuffed facedown in the sand and tackled by 5 or 6 police officers. Eyes bloodshot, face blue, nose and mouth caked up with sand, Eimers stopped breathing and became limp before dying a week later at Lower Keys Medical Center after being taken off life support.
Initial police department communications indicated that Eimers had suddenly collapsed and had doubtless died due to a pre-existing heart condition, which somehow led a doctor at the hospital to declare Eimers’ passing a death from “natural causes”.
This initial explanation is now clearly contradicted by the preliminary autopsy report. Ten ribs were fractured, the neurons in his brain had turned red from lack of oxygen, his trachea showed abnormal reddening. The report also reveals that the airways within the lungs exhibited “linings of tan exudate”. Exudate is a liquid produced by the body in response to tissue damage. Many have speculated that Eimers suffocated in the sand. Could sand have caused tissue damage in his lungs, which would be one more piece of evidence pointing to asphyxiation? Continue reading
An update into the death-in-custody of Charles Eimers reveals an investigation in total gridlock and it could remain that way indefinitely. The main problem stems from the fact that apparently to date none of the officers present during the infamous Thanksgiving Day arrest has been interrogated by FDLE investigators. How Charles Eimers ended up dead within five minutes of his altercation with Key West police is still not clear.
Sources close to the case have informed The Blue Paper that the officers’ union lawyer has instructed the fourteen KWPD officers involved not to talk with FDLE investigators until he is present. A meeting has been scheduled for the 14th of this month but will likely result in the officers “pleading the Fifth”. In other words, to avoid incriminating themselves they could decide not to cooperate with the investigation at all.
According to Dr. Scheurman, the Monroe County Medical Examiner, this is a considerable problem. “I need to determine to what extent natural disease played a part in the cause of death; whether it a contributing factor or just incidental,” says Scheurman, “The FDLE investigation will answer a lot of those questions.”
As we found out when speaking with Scheurman, the circumstances surrounding a death provide essential information in a medical examiner’s analysis. The autopsy itself is just a part of the process and not necessarily all that it’s cracked up to be in movies. Continue reading