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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Arkansas Police Say Handcuffed, Searched Man Shot Himself in the Head

Posted by Paul Constant on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Jesus fucking Christ, Arkansas
. When a young African-American man is found dead in the back seat of a police car, you shouldn't be so cavalier about it:

Chavis Carter was a passenger in a pickup truck that was stopped by police in Jonesboro, Ark., Saturday night, according to KAIT, an ABC-affiliated television station. An officer reportedly found some marijuana, and ran Carter's information. He was wanted on a warrant out of Mississippi, so officers placed him in a patrol car.

"As protocol, he was handcuffed behind his back, double-locked and searched," said Jonesboro Police Department Sgt. Lyle Waterworth in an interview with WREG-TV.

Just minutes later, police said they heard a thumping noise, turned around and found Carter shot in the head.

Waterworth said he thinks Carter pulled out a hidden gun and shot himself. “Any given officer has missed something on a search, you know, be it drugs, be it knives, be it razor blades," he said. "This instance, it happened to be a gun."

Carter's mother says there's no way her son would have committed suicide. Further, she says the gunshot was in Carter's right temple, but her son was left-handed. Everything about this story is awful.


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