Manuel Teran family attorney talks next steps following release of autopsy report

The family of Manuel Teran embrace after a press conference with their legal team to announce the details of a private autopsy and their Open Record's lawsuit against the City of Atlanta on March 13, 2023. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

Jeff Filipovits, one of the attorneys representing the family of Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, also known as Tortuguita, says the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report doesn’t answer any questions — but it does raise new questions.

Filipovits says the report reveals how Manuel died, but it does not give a timeline of the shooting and whether Manuel had a gun and fired at officers.

Earlier this week, the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report revealed that the environmental activist did not have gunpowder on their hands and was shot at least 57 times by officers in January near the proposed site for the  Atlanta Public Safety Training Center.

On Friday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Filipovits talked about the autopsy report and a pending lawsuit that the Teran family filed against the City of Atlanta.

Filipovits also talked about the next steps for the Teran family in an effort to get justice for their loved one.