originally by: PressTV
published: 14 August 2012
The death of a young black man in police custody has sparked outrage in Jonesboro of the US state of Arkansas.
Hundreds of people took to the streets on Wednesday in protest at the death of 21-year old Chavis Carter who was shot in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car.
Chavis Carter was detained late last month after police found a small bag of drugs on him. He was handcuffed and put in a patrol car. Minutes later, Carter was found slumped in the back of the police car with a bullet wound to the head. He later died in hospital.
Police say Carter committed suicide with a gun he had concealed. But, his family has dismissed that claim saying he couldn’t have shot himself with his hands cuffed and that the bullet hole was in his right temple while he was left-handed, making it unlikely for him his right hand to pull the trigger.
Press TV has conducted an interview with author and social activist Solomon Comissiong to further discuss the issue.