San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
December 11, 2017
CONTACT: Zephanii Smith, Director of Communications
T: 209-468-2400 | E: pr.info@sjcda.org

San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announces investigation into allegations made by Drs. Bennet Omalu and Susan Parson in the course of their resignation.

This investigation began prior to the public release of these allegations.

Apart from the investigation, the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office has, in the past few months, conducted its own research into alternatives to the traditional sheriff-coroner model. Over the past few months, we have taken steps to learn more about evidence-based best practices employed by counties in the region including a site-visit to Santa Clara County, where a separate medical examiner operates independently of the sheriff.

After conducting research into these alternatives, the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office endorses separating the coroner's office from the duties of the sheriff's department.

San Joaquin County is one of 41 counties in the state that relies upon a sheriff-coroner model. There are 17 counties in which the medical examiner operates separate from the sheriff. Expert organizations including the California Medical Association and the San Joaquin Medical Society have endorsed alternative models that include a separate medical examiner.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney's office recommends the creation of an independent committee to review the data in reference to alternative models and make a formal recommendation to the county Board of Supervisors.

We look forward to working with members of the community, the county Board of Supervisors, and our law enforcement partners to ensure a system that delivers on accountability, transparency and justice.