Civil rights attorney calls for justice in Chavis Carter case

Civil rights lawyer, family calls for justice for Chavis Carter
(Photo Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
(Photo Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (WMC) - National civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, held a news conference in Jonesboro to announce that the Justice Department is getting involved in the case of Chavis Carter and other young black men who died while in police custody.

Crump worked with the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

Chavis Carter's mother said, "I'm angry, very angry. I'm above angry. It's more painful. The pain draws anger. I don't know what happened. I do know he didn't kill himself."

Carter died in 2012. He was handcuffed in the back of a Jonesboro police car when he was shot in the head. It was ruled a suicide.

Crump said, "No matter how you look at it, it's hard to explain how it could be done if not impossible."

Crump said the Justice Department will look into how the Jonesboro Police Department is trained in patting down suspects. Carter was searched, but officers never found a weapon.

It is an investigation Carter's mother welcomes.

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