In a bizarre and deadly twist from my neck of the woods, a Mississippi mother has accused the Jonesboro, Arkansas Police Departmentof executing her 21-year-old son while he sat handcuffed in the back of a squad car.
According to the police report, 21-year-old Chavis Chacobie Carter was just a passenger in a vehicle with two other men, when one of the police officers found marijuana and some plastic baggies in his possession—causing him to be detained. And it was also reported that he had a warrant for a missed court date on drug charges in Mississippi.
Due to the extenuating circumstances, Carter was allegedly placed in handcuffs and searched two times before he was then placed into the back seat of the squad car alone, but things would become quite murky after that.
According to KAIT, after Carter was tucked away in the back of the squad car with his hands handcuffed behind his back, the two officers stepped away to question the other two men. During that time, one of the officers claimed that he heard a ‘loud thump with a metallic sound’ as a car passed by—leading the officers to believe that the passing vehicle had struck a piece of metal as it passed.
After questioning and then releasing the other two men, they then realized that Carter had been shot, as he was found in a ‘sitting position slumped forward with his head in his lap’ with his hands still cuffed behind his back with a handgun reportedly found beside him.
Now according to the officers, Carter must have shot himself despite being handcuffed with his hands behind his back through some kind of magic trick that would make the Great Harry Houdinitake notice, and therein lies the problem. There are simply too many unanswered questions and too much defiance of logic at play here, and that lends itself directly into the narrative of a possible racial conspiracy and a cover-up, and it doesn’t take long for people to begin taking sides.
You can already look straight down racial lines, and you’ll find African-Americans poised to yellracism, with many Whites predictably looking for any other reason besides that one to attribute it to. That’s just the way things work in this country. After trying to downplay the possible racial element, a White male in the Jonesboro area told me: ‘Lord, I hope this doesn’t turn into another Trayvon Martin.’
And like the Trayvon Martin incident, this handcuffed, suicide theory is still relatively quiet in regards to racial accusations and national outrage based on the possibility of racial unrest, but that could change rapidly. The Arkansas authorities had better take a quick course in what not to do from the Sanford, Florida Police Department based on its astute bungling of the Trayvon Martin case, because if they can’t manufacture a reasonable, fathomable explanation as to how a handcuffed Carter and a mystery gun were both able to somehow come together for a suicide, this could easily become another Trayvon Martin situation.
Now Fox News and other conservatives cried like babies accusing activists like Al Sharpton, RobRedding, Jesse Jackson Sr., Joe Madison and many others of being ambulance chasing, racehustlers when they converged on Sanford, Florida to try and pressure a modern day, KeystoneCop, good-old-boy operation to come clean and stop obstructing justice about the Trayvon Martin case.
Arkansas authorities are only going to get one chance to get this right, and the media outlets, the smartphones, and the social networks are watching, even if it means dealing with the always controversial, racial element in the end, because if they don’t deal with this professionally and effectively, the so-called race hustlers, along with the intense, heated, unapologetic, world spotlight, might both be on the move again—this time to the Natural State.