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Handcuffed Marijuana Arrestee Shot, Killed In Police Car


evil police officerBy Phillip Smith

A Southhaven, Mississippi, man arrested for marijuana by police in nearby Jonesboro, Arkansas, was shot and killed as he sat handcuffed in the back of a squad car Saturday. Chavis Carter, 21, becomes the 37th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to KAIT-8 TV, citing police sources, Carter was a passenger in a pick-up truck pulled over by police Saturday night. Officer Keith Baggett searched the vehicle, while Officer Ron Marsh searched Carter. Marsh found “some marijuana” and some plastic baggies on Carter. When police ran Carter’s name through dispatch, they learned he was wanted on a drug warrant from De Soto County, Mississippi.

Chavis Carter

Chavis Carter via: facebook.com

Carter was sitting in the police car, and when police learned he had an outstanding warrant, Marsh had Carter “exit the patrol unit, placed him into handcuffs, searched him a second time then placed him into the back seat of the patrol unit.”

As the two officers walked back toward the police car, Officer Baggett said a car passed and then he heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound.” After questioning and releasing the other two men, Officer Marsh reportedly returned to his vehicle while Officer Baggett said he prepared to leave the scene. He then heard “several thumps” on his trunk and saw Officer Marsh motioning for him and saying that Carter had shot himself.

They opened the rear passenger door and found him in a “sitting position slumped forward with his head in his lap.” According to Officer Marsh, Carter’s hands were still cuffed behind his back and small-caliber handgun was found beside him.

Jonesboro Police Sgt. Lyle Waterworth told WREG-TV in nearby Memphis that Carter had been searched, but that searches don’t always find everything. “As protocol he was handcuffed behind his back and double locked, and searched”, said Waterworth, “Any given officer has missed something on a search, be it drugs, knife, razor blades, this instance it happened to be a gun.”

Officers Baggett and Marsh are on administrative leave pending an investigation, but the police are leaning toward the theory that Carter shot himself with a gun they had missed while his hands were cuffed behind his back.

His mother, Teresa Carter, isn’t buying it. “I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal,” she said.

She said Chavis had called his girlfriend while being pulled over to say that he would call her from jail. She also said police told her Chavis had been shot in the right temple, but that he was left-handed.

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  1. look at the photos info “evil police officer”
    probly a “prop” photo to avoid being sued
    site moderator?

  2. Something stinks here and it aint the weed!
    Cars have cameras, both cars were bumper to bumper ,trunk to trunk
    So all this was recorded ,they park the cars that way to divert the camera.
    Everytime I see this old cop on TV I see the face of a liar
    Police lie .every juror knows this. I beat a case , cop lied got caught!
    When you lie in court your labelled unreliable
    When you lie to the public , well thats “police work”
    How can you trust popo?
    We will find out what really happened
    where did that gun come from?
    who shot the gun
    Another victim of the “war on drugs” and the war on black youth in amerikkka


  4. Steve in Oakland on

    Sympathies to Teresa Carter. Unfortunately, police murder occurs somewhere in the United States almost daily. Our latest case in Oakland, California, is the murder of an 18-yr-old high school student, who was going to graduate in a few days. As usual, the first thing that happens in these cases is a whole trainload of horseshit is shoveled out, and the media just eats it up and regurgitates it to the public. When evidence starts to come out, like videos, eyewitness testimony, or just plain common sense, the media goes on with the story like none of that other stuff they had recently reported as “news” simply hadn’t happened. This gives rise to the popular wisdom, “STAY TUNED! Lies at 11!”

  5. nygratefulfred on

    The war on drugs goes on,taking innocent lives,wasting tons of taxpayers money,and not making an ounce of a difference in the availability of any illegal substance.

  6. you should do an artical on the top 10 states not to get busted with pot in ….keep up the good work !!!!11

  7. eating_sunshine on

    The cops in my home town got away with murder (Todd Blair). Then in another raid, in the same style of bash and shoot, the suspect shot back, killing one cop and wounding 6 others.
    This is why I am so pissed at the war on drugs.

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