Bizarre ‘suicide’ probe intensifies

originally by: New York Daily News  
published: 5 August 2012

The mysterious death of Chavis Carter while in police custody late last month could explode into a national controversy — even the local police chief said the theory of suicide “defies logic at first glance.”

Police in Jonesboro, Ark. believe Carter, 21, killed himself July 29 with a single gunshot to the temple while inside the back of a police car — but his hands were double handcuffed behind his back and the officers had twice searched him for contraband, finding only about $10 worth of marijuana.

“Definitely bizarre,” Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates said, adding the apparent suicide seems illogical when initially considered. He said the evidence so far supports the two police officers who made the claim.

Carter’s family members, activists and the NAACP aren’t so sure — and some community leaders fear the case could prove as searing as the killing in Florida of unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watchman.

A “Justice for Chavis Carter” page has already popped up on Facebook, where it asks authorities to “investigate whether police committed murder” by staging a “seemingly impossible suicide.”

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