Charges have been laid against LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch for the death of Jelani Day, a 25-year-old student at Illinois State University.
Jelani Day’s family and Operation Rainbow PUSH don’t believe LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch, who said Day drowned in the Illinois River two months ago near Peru.
Her mom Carmen Bolden Day wants more answers.
On a road blocked by police, Jelani Day’s cousin also spoke.
At the first place of the protest march, Coroner Ploch appeared behind the gathered crowd.
Jonathan Jackson is the national spokesperson for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the son of the Reverend Jesse Jackson.
In a press release, Ploch said Day drowned, adding that there was no specific positive autopsy test for drowning. He said drowning is considered an exclusionary diagnosis with supporting circumstances when a body is found in the water. Ploch went on to say the review was suboptimal based on decay, river predation activity, and a period of warm weather. He ruled out manual strangulation, assault or altercation, sharp, blunt or gunshot wounds.
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