Should Police Have Sealed Jackson Home After Death?


Los Angeles police actions after Michael Jackson’s death last week are being questioned by the Associated Press. The AP asks, “Why didn’t police seal the mansion where he had been living? Why were moving vans seen at the home, and were any items removed before police wrapped up their search? Why didn’t they get immediate search warrants? Why did they tow away a doctor’s car right after the death but not declare the home a crime scene? ” Los Angeles officials say proper procedures were followed based on the circumstances officers encountered when they were called to the home.

A doctor was attending to Jackson and stayed with him when he was placed in an ambulance at 1:07 p.m. There was no sign of foul play. Others say police should have assumed it was possible a crime occurred and taken precautions to ensure the scene was not disrupted so evidence wasn’t lost or tainted. “If I was the chief detective on the case, I would have said, ‘We don’t know what’s going on. We should seal the scene,'” said defense attorney Harland Braun. The entrance of the Drug Enforcement Administration into the case, says law Prof. Jean Rosenbluth of the University of Southern California, suggests authorities are looking into whether drugs apparently taken by Jackson came from out of state. His physician lives in Las Vegas and is licensed to practice in Texas, Nevada and California.

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