Chavis Carter Killed in Police Car: Shot to Death in Custody
Police Claim Chavis Carter Somehow Shot Himself in the Head While Handcuffed
Chavis Carter, a 21-year-old black man, was shot to death while in the back of a police car in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Chavis Carter was the passenger in a pickup truck that had been pulled over. According to Sgt Lyle Waterworth of the Jonesporo Police Department, Carter was "handcuffed behind his back, double locked and searched for weapons” before being shoved in the back of a police car.
More specifically, Chavis Carter was told to leave the car by officers Keith Baggett and Ron Marsh, then searched. When the police ran his name, they found an outstanding warrant in Mississippi. The officers then searched Carter again, handcuffed him, and put him in the back of the police car.
When Baggett was searching the pickup in which Carter was traveling, he said he heard a "loud thump with a metallic sound", and looked up to see March beckoning. Chavis was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Yet we're also expected to believe that Chavis Carter managed to shoot himself in the head. With what? And how?
Waterworth claimed, "Any given officer has missed something on a search, be it drugs, knife, razor blades, this instance it happened to be a gun.” Now, obviously this does not pass the sniff test. TheArkansas PD is trying to sell "suspect commits suicide", but all we can see is "young black man shot to death in police custody".
It's also not clear why the pickup was pulled over in the first place, or what happened to the driver. That Chavis Carter was shot to death in police custody is not disputed. The police are claiming that Carter managed to produce a gun (that had been missed in two separate searches) and shoot himself in the head (while his hands were cuffed behind his back). We're not sold at this point, to be honest.
Teresa Carter, Chavis' mother, puts it more directly: "I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal."