UPDATE: Autopsy Purportedly Shows Chavis Carter Committed Suicide
Remember Chavis Carter? He’s the young African-American man who police frisked twice but who somehow managed to allegedly shoot himself in the head while sitting in handcuffs in the back of a Jonesboro, Arkansas police car.
It’s official. Carter’s death has been ruled a suicide:
An Arkansas medical examiner has ruled that Chavis Carter, the 21-year-old man killed by a gunshot wound to the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car, committed suicide.
According to the report by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Stephen A. Erickson of the Arkansas State Crime Lab, the bullet that killed Carter entered his skull near his right temple, four inches from the top of his head.
“At the time of discharge, the muzzle of the gun was placed against the right temporal scalp,” wrote Erickson.
He went on to state that, “The manner of death is based on both autopsy findings and the investigative conclusions of the Jonesboro Police Department.”
Carter’s family and others have questioned the police story, claiming that Carter was not suicidal and questioning whether it would have been physically possible to retrieve a concealed weapon and shoot himself in the head while handcuffed and seated.
So, “the muzzle of the gun was placed against the right temporal scalp” and that “proves” it was a suicide? How about gunshot residue on Carter’s hand(s)?
I don’t believe it. I think it’s physically impossible to shoot yourself in the head while sitting on your handcuffed hands in the back seat of a car.
Entry filed under: Musings.