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Dr. Sandra Thomas was suspended for two weeks during the March 19 incident

The medical examiner is suspended after asking another doctor if she knew how to do a & # 39; Muslim autopsy & # 39; and who walked around a corpse like a big joke

  • Dr. Sandra Thomas was suspended during the March 19 incident, revealing documents
  • She is a medical examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation near Atlanta
  • Colleague asked if she knew about a & # 39; Muslim autopsy & # 39; and laughed about body
  • The identity of the body was not revealed, but the dead person was not a Muslim
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Dr. Sandra Thomas was suspended for two weeks during the March 19 incident

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Dr. Sandra Thomas was suspended for two weeks during the March 19 incident

A medical examiner has been suspended because of a big joke about an & # 39; Islamic autopsy & # 39 ;.

Dr. Sandra Thomas, an associate medical examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Decatur, was suspended for two weeks after the incident on March 19, according to data from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

During an autopsy, Thomas asked another doctor in the GBI Mortuary if she knew how to do a & # 39; Muslim autopsy & # 39; had to do, and lifted the dead woman's neck and made a whimpering noise known as an ululation, according to the data.

Ululation is a common practice at funerals and weddings in the Middle East.

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The data indicated that Thomas repeated the comment and the whimper to another doctor and that both other doctors found it inappropriate.

Thomas is an associate medical examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Decatur (above). The data show that her colleague & # 39; s found her comment inappropriate

Thomas is an associate medical examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Decatur (above). The data show that her colleague & # 39; s found her comment inappropriate

Thomas is an associate medical examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Decatur (above). The data show that her colleague & # 39; s found her comment inappropriate

Although the identity of the body was not revealed, the documents say that the deceased person was not a Muslim.

According to the documents, Chief Medical Examiner reported Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat the incident to internal affairs.

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Thomas regretted her actions during an investigation that was allowed by agency director Vic Reynolds.

She said she heard the joke when she worked as a resident in Richmond, Virginia. She said that during the autopsy she arbitrarily reflected on the comment and that it was not intended to belittle Muslims.

Colleagues interviewed during the internal investigation found the comment inappropriate, although it was speculated that the comment was a ton-deaf way of dealing with stress in the busy mortuary.

& # 39; Your comments were extremely unprofessional, disrespectful, and insensitive to the people around you & # 39 ;, Reynolds wrote in a letter dated March 29.

The GBI eliminated Thomas from April 29 to May 10 without payment and had her sign a document acknowledging that another inappropriate action would lead her to termination, the records show.

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The Journal-Constitution revision of two years of disciplinary records in the GBI mortuary found another case of inappropriate behavior during an autopsy.

In that case, an employee took a photo in December 2018 of another employee who smiles while posing with the cut-off head of an elderly murder victim.

Both employees were dismissed in that case.

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