Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chavis Carter: Ark. Editor's Note; Newsone. Drugs in system did not make him "a magical contortionist with a spontaneous death wish." Must Read.

STORY: "Chavis Carter: Autopsy reveals Meth,various drugs in his system," by Associated Press and Newsone on August 21, 2012.

GIST: "Newsone "Editor's Note: "
The following findings do not suggest in any way that Chavis Carter committed suicide, handcuffed in the back of a police car, with a hidden gun that eluded two searches. It is the opinion of this editor that just because Carter had drugs in his system, it does not make him a magical contortionist with a spontaneous death wish. As previously reported by, the autopsy report -- conveniently -- does not indicate whether or not gun residue was found on his hands..........The autopsy report comes days after police released dashboard camera video recorded the night Carter was shot in Jonesboro, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock. Part of the video showed Carter being patted down and ended 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.Neither included the moment they say Carter shot himself, and the footage did little to resolve questions about how the shooting could have happened. Jonesboro police previously had released a video reconstruction of the shooting showing how a man could shoot himself in the head with his hands cuffed behind him. In producing that video, the agency said it used the same type of handcuffs used on Carter and the same model of handgun found near him after he died: a .380-caliber Cobra semi-automatic. An officer of similar height and weight as Carter sat in the back of a cruiser, leaned over and was able to lift the weapon to his head and reach the trigger.The autopsy report said Carter was about 5-foot-8 and that his body weighed 150 pounds."

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Related News Development: Reverend Jesse Jackson to address the case today - and lead a prayer service in Memphis. (Arkansas Matters):


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