Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bulletin: Chavis Carter; Officer back at work after squad car shooting. Family does not accept explanation of video's lack of gunshot or noise. AP.

STORY: "Ark. officer back at work after squad car shooting," by reporter Jeannie Nuss, published by AP on August 27, 2012."

GIST: "Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates said Officer Keith Baggett returned to work after an internal investigation cleared him of wrongdoing in the shooting death of 21-year-old Chavis Carter. An autopsy report concluded that Carter — whose hands were cuffed behind his back — shot himself in the head, though his family has been demanding more information from police.........Police have said the investigation into Carter's death is ongoing, and the FBI has said it is monitoring the case. Police previously released video recorded from dashboard cameras the night of the shooting, but the footage didn't appear to show when officers found Carter slumped over and bleeding in the backseat of a patrol car as described in a police report. Authorities said there were problems with the audio and video that explain the absence of a gunshot or noise on the recordings, though the lawyer for Carter's family hasn't accepted that explanation."

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