Handcuffed Man Killed in Back of Police Car Ruled a Suicide (VIDEO)

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Talk about a bizarre mystery. A man, Chavis Carter, was arrested, handcuffed, and placed in the back of a police squad car. And then he was dead, shot through the head point-blank. How does that happen? This is the question his family, the public, and police have been asking themselves since the incident occurred on July 28. Police say the man committed suicide. But he did it while handcuffed? The family says the whole thing is suspicious -- especially since Carter is left handed and the bullet went through the right side of his head. Now the coroner has ruled on his death.

The autopsy report says that trace amounts drugs, including methamphetamine and an anti-depressant, were found in Carter's system. But what is making news is also that his death has been ruled a suicide.

This has really got to be a bizarre case, and it opens up a bunch of questions on all sides. How does something like this happen? How and why does a handcuffed man pull a gun and shoot himself?

Dashboard video of the arrest shows two officers patting Chavis down. Had he really managed to conceal a gun that the police didn't find? (Police say it was probably missed on the first search and then he managed to hide the gun in squad car before a second, more thorough, search.) Unfortunately the video doesn't show the moment Carter was shot or this would all be cleared up.

A CNN commenter who saw the dashboard video says that Carter was extremely polite throughout his questioning by police -- saying "Yes, sir," "No, sir," and that the cops also were polite, and there was no evidence of tension, or friction, or what was about to happen just minutes later.

Newly-released eyewitness testimony shows one woman saying that she heard a "pop" like a gun going off after the cops put the Carter into the backseat. She says she heard the sound while the cops were outside the police car. Another witness says he heard an officer calling his partner for help.

As the CNN commentator says, "No clear answer on what happened." But the coroner report rules "suicide," so it remains to be seen whether questions about this case ever rise to the level of the questions about the Trayvon Martin case.

What do you think happened?

 

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femal... femaleMIKE

i don't know what happened. I was not there. 

nonmember avatar Christie

This should be fairly simple to figure out. A forensic scientist should be able to analyze the recording to determine if he was the only one in the car when the gun went off.

I am sure it's possible to shoot yourself when handcuffed it's not like the gun has to touch your head just be pointed in that direction. And as far as left or right handed, in this case it doesn't matter much. Just because someone prefers use of right over left or vice versa does not mean that they are not capable of using the other hand it just means they typically choose not to. If the gun was stashed on that side he wouldn't have had a choice on what hand to use.

That being said if this was my family member, I would demand access to the body for a personal autopsy as well as access to the full recording that I could hire a professional to analyze and give me the results.
If he was able to get a gun into that car this better be a big wake-up call for the cops to do much better patdowns before putting anyone in the car.

kelli... kelli0585

I have no idea how it happened.  


But what does it have to do with him being left-handed?  Can he still not use his right hand for things?


I'm right-handed, but my left hand isn't an idiot.


 

nonmember avatar Kim

^^Agreed. I can shoot a gun with my left hand even through I am right-handed. All you need it the hand strength to pull the trigger.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

I hope law enforcement isn't trying to cover something up.

nonmember avatar Guest

Gun Shot Residue test results?


Ballistics test results?


Shouldn't there be a spare gun lying around?


Autopsy results?




Why all of the extreme emphasis in the news video on who is what color?

yayhe... yayheadstart

ok i am from arkansas and let me tell you, cops in this state kill innocent people all the time. now i am not saying there aren't wonderful police professionals here or that this type of thing doesn't happen elsewhere, but it sure seems like our police act with brutality a disproportionate number of times. i just don't believe the "facts" in this case and frankly, i am terrified.

tuffy... tuffymama

Grim. Considering cops are mostly murderous thugs hopped up on power trips, I tend to believe it was homicide. Hard to form a real opinion since I wasn't there, though.

nonmember avatar Cierra

IT USED TO B BLACK ON BLACK NOW THEY HELPING US OUT,, ITS A SHAME CUZ WE ALL KNO HE DIDNT KILL HIMSELF AND FOR THE OPPOSERS WHAT IF HE WAS YOUR FAMILY N BY THW WAY SMART ASSES IF HE AHOT HIMSELF INSIDE A POLICE CAR THEN WHERE IS THE GUN ??? Guess he hid that to¬°!!!!!!!

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