Police in Jonesboro, Arkansas continue to investigate the mysterious shooting of 21-year-old Chavis Carter, who police officers said killed himself while handcuffed in the back of a squad car. Media attention and community tensions have escalated since Carter’s death on July 28th.
Early in the investigation on August 1st, Police Chief Michael Yates admitted that the alleged suicide seemed “bizarre” and “defied logic at first glance” but maintained that witnesses and a dashboard camera backed up the officers’ account. A week later, Yates seems to have doubled down, telling CNN’s Randi Kaye that, in fact, it could be “very possible” and “quite easy” for someone who is experienced with being arrested:
CNN: Is it even possible physically to be handcuffed behind your back and somehow pull the trigger on a gun that you weren’t holding when you were handcuffed?
YATES: For the average person that’s never been in handcuffs, that’s never been around inmates and people in custody would react exactly the same way that you just did, about how can that be possible. Well the fact of it is, it’s very possible and it’s quite easy.