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August 21, 2012

Chavis Carter Autopsy Finds His Death a Suicide

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Written by: Kelly Virella


olice in Jonesboro, Arkansas are pulling out all the stops to prove that Chavis Carter, a black man they placed in the back of a squad car last month shot, and killed himself while handcuffed.

Yesterday, an autopsy report confirmed their findings.
Chavis Carter Autopsy

And last week they released this video showing that it’s possible for someone to shoot himself in the temple.

But an attorney representing Carter’s family is asking a good question about all of this: why haven’t they released video or audio of the incident?

Chavis Carter died from a gunshot to his right temple. Police claim he did it while handcuffed with his hands behind his back.

“They should be disclosing every bit of evidence as quickly as they can,” Benjamin Irwin told the Associated Press.

So far, police have “released dashboard camera video recorded the night Carter was shot,” the AP reports:

“Part of the video shows Carter being patted down and ends before officers found Carter slumped over and bleeding in the back of a patrol car, as was described in a police report. Police later released additional video they said was recorded after Carter was found.”

A spokesman for the police department didn’t tell the AP whether the footage would be released, but said that more evidence could be released.

“As the investigation continues and as prudent further information will be released,”police spokesman Sgt. Lyle Waterworth in an email to the AP. “Any other questions will be answered upon completion of investigation.”


About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.