Bizarre: Police in Jonesboro, Arkansas, say they missed the small handgun Carter was carrying and only found it after he had shot himself in the temple while being held in a squad car
“Any given officer has missed something on a search, be it drugs, knife, razor blades, this instance it happened to be a gun” Waterworth told WREG.com.
Chavis’ mother, Teresa Carter, said her son wasn’t suicidal. She believes he was murdered by the police.
“I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal.” she said.
Teresa also said her son was shot in the right temple and he is left handed.
Wanted: Officers discovered a $10 baggie of marijuana in Carter’s pocket and also discovered he was wanted on a warrant from Mississippi
“If you could find a dime bag of marijuana on a person, you could find a .380,” his great-aunt, Cassie Carter told The Daily Mail. “It’s hard for me to accept the fact that he would do something like that due to his personality.“
Talib Kweli commented about the shooting on Twitter recently. There is also a Facebook group (Justice for Chavis Carter) that has been started.
According to the Huffington Post, “The FBI has since joined the investigation into Carter’s death. The two officers on the scene the night of the shooting, Keith Baggett and Ron Marsh, both of whom are white, are on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.“
Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates called Carter’s death “bizarre,” saying it “defies logic at first glance.” “Specifically, how Carter suffered his apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound remains unexplained,” said a department statement.