By Jueseppi B.
A 21-year-old in Jonesboro, Arkansas is dead after he was mysteriously shot in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car. Chavis Carter was arrested on Saturday for possession of marijuana. According to police, while they were searching Carter’s car they heard a gunshot and found Carter dead in the squad car. The odd thing is police reports indicate that two searches of Carter never turned up the alleged handgun that police now claim he shot himself with…while he was handcuffed.
Carter’s mother is accusing police of killing her son saying, “I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidial.” The two officers involved in the incident have been put on leave and a formal investigation has been launched. This incident comes on the heels of police brutality in Anaheim where a week and a half ago – police shot an unarmed man who was fleeing in the back of the head killing him. That triggered days of demonstrations and unrest in the streets of Anaheim.
The last thing police need right now is another incident that makes a local community lose faith in law enforcement.
Wednesday evening, Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates revealed more details about the ongoing investigation into the strange case ofChavis Carter, who allegedly shot himself in the temple while handcuffed in a police car. The chief, who said the situation was “bizarre” and “defies logic at first glance,” has reviewed the car’s dashboard camera and spoken to witnesses who say the officers were outside the car when Carter was shot:
YATES: There’s no indication of any projectiles coming from outside the vehicle. We’ve reviewed the dashcam video and as late as today managed to have some witnesses come forward that observed the incident from start to finish. And their statements tend to support that whatever transpired in the back of that police car transpired in the back with the officers in a different location.
In a private meeting with local black community leaders, Yates reportedly said the FBI is also involved in the investigation.
A vigil is planned for Carter on Monday night.
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Chavis Carter, 21, died of a gunshot wound to the head Saturday night in Jonesboro, Arkansas, while he was handcuffed in the back of a police car. Officers Keith Baggett and Ron Marsh claim that Carter committed suicide, that he managed to pull a gun on himself while they searched his vehicle. They had already searched Carter’s person and found no weapon.
According to reports from WREG-TV, Carter was riding in the passenger seat of a pickup truck that was pulled over after 10 pm. Marsh searched Carter and found marijuana plastic baggies. After running his information, the officers discovered Carter had a warrant out in the state of Mississippi. He was then handcuffed (the police report states that he was handcuffed with his hands behind his back), searched again, and placed in the back of the police car.
While searching the vehicle a second time, the officers claim to have heard a loud thump accompanied by a metallic sound, which according to them was Carter shooting himself in the head. When they opened the door, officers Baggett and Marsh found that Carter was still handcuffed with his hands behind his back, but their police report attributed his death to a self-inflicted gunshot. Officers claim to have missed the gun during their two searches of Carter.
“Any given officer has missed something on a search, be it drugs, knife, razor blades, this instance it happened to be a gun,” according to Jonesboro Police Sergeant Lyle Waterworth. Carter’s mother, Teresa, is not so sure.
“I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal,” she told WREG. She says her son was left-handed, but was shot in the right temple, and had previously placed a phone call to his girlfriend to tell her that he would be calling her from jail. “I mean, I just want to know what really happened,” she said.
This suspicious shooting death comes not too long after the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) released a report showing that in the first half of 2012 (January 1 – June 30), 120 black people have been killed by police, security guards, or self-appointed law enforcers.
Police in Jonesboro are conducting an investigation to determine just how Carter was shot. The two officers have been placed on administrative leave.
I am curious, why is it that no caucasian youth ever commits suicide while his hands are cuffed behind his back, in the rear of a police cruiser, by shooting himself AFTER BEING SEARCHED & THEN CUFFED? Why has there never been a reported case of a caucasian youth being shot 57 times by policemen while reaching for their wallet? Why does not one single caucasian youth, man, woman every never get dead mysteriously while in the custody of law enforcement?
Can anyone give me an educated, intelligent, cognoscente answer to this question?
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