Did Chavis Carter Shoot Himself in the Head While Handcuffed in the Backseat of a Police Car?

So apparently black men are shooting themselves in the head while handcuffed in the backseat of police cars, huh? Shit, why not just saw ourselves in half like all magicians do? Hell, at least we’d be still alive, right? No seriously, that’s probably the best reaction I have to the story involving 21-year-old, Chavis Carter. Unfortunately for Carter, he didn’t saw himself in half; therefore, as fate would have it, he is not alive today. Instead, Carter is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. An act he managed to pull off, while sitting in the backseat of a Jonesboro, Arkansas police department cruiser, while his hands were handcuffed behind his back. Yes, you read that right: he was handcuffed.

A police investigation has been launched in response to the shooting death of a 21-year-old man. The victim was shot in the head and died from his injuries while handcuffed and sitting in the back of a police patrol car on Saturday night. The victim, Chavis Carter, was riding as a passenger in a pickup truck that happened to be pulled over by police in Jonesboro, Arkansas. According to a report, an officer found marijuana and decided to run Carter’s information. The officer discovered that Carter had a warrant from Mississippi so he was put into the patrol car.

“As protocol, he was handcuffed behind his back, double-locked and searched,” said Jonesboro Police Department Sgt. Lyle Waterworth.

Minutes after putting Carter in the vehicle, officers claim they heard a thump noise. They turned to the vehicle and found that Carter had been shot in the head. Waterworth said that he believes Carter had a gun hidden on himself, which he pulled out and then shot himself with.

“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.” (source)

Incredible, right? Heck yeah, it is; and it’s hard to convince me otherwise. As anyone who has been handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a police car like myself would tell you, there’s hardly enough room to fart. That said, how in the world am I to believe that Carter was able to pull off such a move? Yet somehow, I’m sure the conversation will switch to why he was arrested in the first place.

Look, it’s hard for me to believe that we’re post-racial to the point that black folks are no longer being killed by police officers while in custody. Okay, so it may not be as frequent an occurrence; however, you’re not going to lie to me about this one; nope, not like this. But don’t tell that to the people — the usual suspects — who will be quick to blame the victim by saying that if Carter was never in trouble with the law, he would be alive. You know, the same folks who would say that he was a thug who deserved to be dead? Yep, you know, those George Zimmerman supporter types.