Monday, August 20, 2012

Death of Man Shot in Head While Handcuffed in Police Car Ruled a Suicide

We have a little experiment for you: Pretend you're handcuffed behind your back. Now pretend you have a gun and try to shoot yourself in the right temple. According to police in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Chavis Carter, a 21-year-old who was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head while his hands were handcuffed behind him in a patrol car, committed suicide. Remarkably, the medical examiner agreed. Chavis was detained during a traffic stop after cops found he had an outstanding warrant and was in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was frisked -- twice! -- handcuffed them placed in the police cruiser. A short time later, he was dead. The Jonesboro police department insisted they didn't shoot Chavis and even released video of an officer demonstrating how it's possible to commit suicide while handcuffed. Their video assumed Chavis had a gun in his waistband, but wouldn't cops have found that during the searches? Anyway, the medical examiner released the autopsy report (below) afternoon which ruled Chavis' death a "suicide." That can't be right, right?

Here's the dash cam video:

Here's the police department's reenactment:

This is Chavis' autopsy report:

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