Medical Examiner Declares Chavis Carter Death A Suicide
The Arkansas medical examiner has declared Chavis Carter‘s death suicide. Carter died of a gunshot wound to the head last month while sitting in the back of a police car, with his hands handcuffed behind his back.
According to CNN, the examiner’s report states that the muzzle of the gun was placed directly against the right side of Carter’s head when it fired. Police claim to have discovered a pistol with Carter’s body.
The autopsy also found that Carter tested positive for marijuana, amphetamines (meth), and benzodiazepines (downers).
The Jonesboro Police Department has released video of witness interviews where witnesses place the officers outside of the police car, with the windows and back doors all closed, at the time of the shooting. The department has also released dashboard camera video from the time of the shooting; it does not capture the shooting visually or audibly, but shows the officers acting normally after placing Carter in the back seat.
In addition, Jonesboro PD created a video where a man demonstrates how it may be possible to shoot oneself in the head while handcuffed behind the back.
All of this has been met with public skepticism. After the shooting, Carter’s mother declared bluntly that the police killed her son.
Many questions remain: how could the police search Carter twice, find a bag of marijuana, and yet not discover the gun? And although Carter was also wanted on a warrant in Mississippi, why would he be suicidal in the face of relatively minor charges? But if the police’s improbable story is false, why did they shoot him? Even if it was cold-blooded racism, where are the evidence and witnesses?