Police Release Altered Video in Chavis Carter Squad Car Shooting Case
The video has created a firestorm because it cuts off before Carter is shot, and picks up after Carter is found dead. The video includes everything except the moment when when Carter was shot in the head.
Police have maintained that even though they searched Carter twice, he committed suicide while handcuffed in the back of the squad car. Carter’s mother says he was not suicidal and had even phoned his girlfriend to have her meet him at the police station. She also said that her son’s wound was to his right temple, but he was left handed.
Carter’s family attorney, Benjamin Irwin, responded to the video, saying ”There’s still nothing in there about what actually happened with Chavis.”
The incident is being investigated internally and by the F.B.I.
To explain the stops in the video, Sgt. Lyle Waterworth, spokesman for the Jonesboro police, said the camera system in both patrol cars is controlled automatically with an emergency light bar and siren system. ”After the light bar is turned off the camera system ends its recording,” Waterworth said in a statement. He didn’t respond to additional questions by reporters.
The second video begins with a man saying, ”He was breathing a second ago.” Then an ambulance arrives, and someone says, “I patted him down. I don’t know where he had it hidden.” It appears scripted.
The first video shows the police pulling over the vehicle Carter was riding in, handcuffing Carter, the driver, and the other passenger, but eventually holding only Carter because of an outstanding warrant. That video ends after the truck drives off and the officers discuss leaving.
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