New evidence in police car suicide case raises questions
Legal panel weighs in
- Duration 6:56
- Date Aug 21, 2012
Legal panel weighs in
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-- -- -- back in session on the docket today new evidence sparking new questions in the police car suicide case.
Hours after the autopsy report ruled Chavis Carter's shooting death a suicide.
His supporters and relatives held a candlelight vigil raising new questions in this case now that report said.
That Carter who is alleged to have shot himself a sitting in the back of a police car with his hands handcuffed behind his back.
The report the autopsy concluded he shot himself in the right temple.
His family and friends want to know how that was possible when he was left handed and as I mentioned handcuffed behind his back at the time.
The police have put out this video which they say is a reenactment showing.
How this could have happened look you can see a man -- of similar build to the decedent taking the gun while handcuffed and placing it against his right temple.
Could he have done that despite the fact that he was left handed.
That is one of the questions in this case.
Now we learned that there was dash cam video from the night in question.
Here you're watching part of it we're gonna play it for you that is raising some new questions about the -- story and we are also hearing of the lawyers for -- the dead man.
Calling for the police to release the details of any gunpowder residue we don't yet have that more questions than answers in this case -- Joey Jackson is a former prosecutor now defense attorney David Wohl is a defense attorney may join me now to try to make sense.
So the cops put out this reenactment video which is rather extraordinary but does -- show you how a man of this build five foot 8150 pounds.
Could despite being handcuffed behind the back possibly if he could get a had a weapon hidden or on -- Could nonetheless managed to shoot himself but now the family says -- really -- in the right temple even though he's lefthanded.
Joey what say you.
Well you know I say that it's problematic and you know what's so unfortunate that it has to come to this you know the police protect us every single day and for that we're very thankful.
In this particular case -- however there are many questions as you mentioned in the first question I'd like to -- -- if you -- somebody down and you do it twice and you discover small quantity of marijuana.
How might you not discover that they have a semiautomatic weapon that happens to be -- 38 caliber.
And that's the first issue the second thing of course is that the community obviously is up in arms -- -- beside themselves here.
Why not release all the information to the public that the public can evaluate what the police department and everybody can get a sense of com here.
Something happens something's -- and at the very least although I don't want to jump to conclusions or rush to judgment.
We might be able to infer negligence here on the part of the police for not having searched and discovered the weapon and for the is that having occurred in the first -- -- -- So you -- the police are negligent if he really did.
Kill himself just because they they failed the Pentagon of the search last negligence by the cops that.
That is that's extraordinarily problematic to me -- in the event that you don't find a weapon why because certainly police can you know this could have resulted -- -- to the police adapt to the police you have to find that weapon and.
You know I and my impression was that some of these folks are suggesting that that.
It it was it negligence by the cops from preventing him from killing himself but they're questioning whether.
He really did kill himself the lawyer why do I see the gunpowder residue -- yeah Megan I guess I have no question and so I let it -- David and turn your luggage.
You didn't make -- here's a bit there is this undercurrent of that the seemingly insinuation that the cops may have actually murdered this man -- -- what they're saying happened is they took him out he was detained -- a drug -- They took him out of the car.
They Frist it lightly placed him in the police cruiser without handcuffs on they say at that point -- -- -- -- on that -- -- they didn't detect.
He placed it between the cushions in the back seat.
They took him out frisk him again it obviously didn't find -- -- then put handcuffs on and then placed him in the back of the car and that's when he access the gun and committed suicide now make it I can tell you.
From that distance the right hand left -- doesn't mean anything.
But they do need to release the gunshot residue information that -- because that'll say whether there's residue on his hand.
-- -- however the -- and how.
-- trouble and releasing his video wanted is -- Saddam.
Auto residue report I think they do a great to do mega but I think we're jumping to conclusions and on two fronts number one would jump to conclusions that maybe it was not is gone we're presuming that they missed it the first and -- -- -- for point number two we continue this thing right after the break.
-- -- yes meg and I think we're presuming two things one is that he indeed had they gone in on the got a possessed the gun prior to be put into that being put into the patrol -- the second thing we're presuming is that he actually committed suicide remember that.
There's indications from the girlfriend that he called there and said look I'm okay.
I'll call you from the station house I look forward to seeing -- -- so his actions towards her seem to be inconsistent with someone who was suicidal.
The other thing though that we've learned David is that the state crime lab says the guy was on meth amphetamines and tags any medications and other drugs that were found in his system and drug make people do crazy things.
Yeah methamphetamine and marijuana make it but you know what we have to have that middle part of the video that has not been released.
It will presumably show him inside the car.
And if he actually did commit suicide you would see a muzzle flash from the gun because it was that night.
That is critical that must exist because the rest the -- for -- after the out of the video.
Dash cam video exists that needs to be release -- presumably exonerate the officers and -- That -- have not released because let me show you what they have released and you guys tell me why watch us.
David that's really not that helpful.
No I mean may look gives clearly -- a minimum sloppy police work but I got to say something.
This is why officer probably would never -- something like murdering a suspect is in their car because the dash cam videos capture everything so it's hard to imagine they would pull off something like -- -- tried to -- that is under a certain that's the other obvious question -- the NAACP wants an investigation the FBI is monitoring the case.
What is the theory that the cops just for some reason decided did shoot some -- death in the back of the patrol car.
Mega I would hate to believe that that would it be any way even possible and that police -- what are -- suggesting that while I think what they want to do is they want answers David had suggested that that that dash cam which show everything I think if it did show everything that would answer everyone's question.
But it does seem to be a little problematic and troubling I think we all can agree that someone who's in your care custody control.
Ends up dead what happened that's the critical Lance that is where an -- -- questions about which SA RI guys thank you so much thank you -- we'll be right back don't go.