Say the name, “Roseanne Boyland.” On Jan. 6, 2021, the 34-year-old Boyland died under mysterious circumstances in a tunnel leading to the Capitol. According to the Washington Post, The D.C. Medical Examiner’s office determined that Boyland died of “accidental acute amphetamine intoxication.”
Emerging evidence suggests that this diagnosis is as suspect as the one that netted Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin a 22-year prison sentence in the death of George Floyd. What is undeniable is that one well-connected black activist was involved in both.
Although the medical examiner most associated with the Boyland case is Dr. Francisco Diaz, the chief D.C. medical examiner on Jan. 6 was Dr. Roger Mitchell, Diaz’s then boss. Mitchell made something of a name for himself with his outrageous meddling in the Floyd case.
In November 2020, Mitchell met with the Minneapolis attorneys prosecuting Officer Derek Chauvin and his colleagues. Intoxicated by his own self-righteousness, Mitchell freely boasted of his role in determining the cause of Floyd’s death.
The prosecutors memorialized Mitchell’s claims in a three-page File Memorandum that details his interference with Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner (ME).
Baker had conducted an autopsy on Floyd on May 26, 2020, the day after his death. Baker reported that same day to prosecutors, “The autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation (italics added).”
Three days later – Friday May 29 – the state filed its initial complaint against Chauvin,