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Richard P. Feynman notes, ”The idea is to try to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another. ” Unfortunately, this is the case with some Liberians who are community leaders, educated people, and advocates. The argument was never about whether Mr. Rockefeller Cooper completed medical school as it is been erroneously spread around. We contended that he is not qualified to perform an autopsy and forensic death investigation. We advised that it was in the family best interest to work with the government, and many of you ignorantly assumed that we were paid agents, speaking in the government’s interest. You attacked us with unfounded allegations and insults. Op-ed 

Doing things the ‘Liberian way’: A dangerous phenomenon!

 

The Editor,

 

A group of sober-minded women reached out to a Liberian pathologist in the DMV area to advise them on how to proceed with the Odell Sharman autopsy. According to the lady who initiated the contact with the pathologist, the experienced Liberian pathologist told them exactly what we have previously recommended for the family. The doctor told them to work with the government of Liberia. He also calls into question the competence of Mr. Cooper to perform an autopsy and forensic death investigation. Meanwhile, the family of the deceased met with the president a few days ago, and he told them that his government will pay for any qualified pathologist that the family hires. Interestingly, Rockefeller Cooper was dropped from the case and all of his defenders are quiet. Additionally, nobody has openly lauded the president for the gesture on behalf of the Liberian govt and people.

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The late Odell Sherman

Richard P. Feynman, an American theoretical physicist, known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, notes that,  ”The idea is to try to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another. ” Unfortunately, this is the case with some Liberians who are community leaders, educated people, and advocates. The argument was never about Mr. Rockefeller Cooper medical certifications as it is been erroneously spread around. We contended that he is not qualified to perform an autopsy and forensic death investigation. We advised that it was in the family’s best interest to work with the government, and some of you ignorantly assumed that we were paid agents, speaking in the government’s interest. You attacked us with unfounded allegations and insults.

Privately a lady that we have a great deal of respect for, Dr. Francien Chenoweth Richardson, admitted that he was not a pathologist, but the main goal was to put the government on notice for its inaction. She also noted that Mr. Cooper was given the $4000, and he did not want to go to Liberia or return the fund. It was after he was threatened with a lawsuit that he reluctantly traveled to Liberia. Having had such an embarrassing experience with the aforementioned individual, one would think that these people would sever ties with Mr. Cooper and seek a better alternative. Ironically, in my opinion, those involved in this endeavor were more worried about people questioning their better judgment. Therefore, they decided to continue working with an incompetent individual.

We warned you all about politicizing the death investigation, but you didn’t listen. Many of you started to peddle a conspiracy theory that the president, vice president, and others in his administration were shielding the alleged killer of the late Odell Sherman. When we went public, some of them took it personally and started to insult us and impugn our character. Dr. Richardson started to passive-aggressively attack on us on her personal Facebook page. The sad case with Liberia is that people are afraid to respectfully tell others the truth. It is a hard thing to do in our community especially when that person is highly respected. How can we save the state with such a backward mindset? Shame on you all

—-Hassan Fadiga

 

Main Pic: The late Odell Sherman

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