Jonesboro Police Chief Defends Officers, Admits Claim Handcuffed Man Committed Suicide ‘Defies Logic’

On the Jane Velez Mitchell show Wednesday evening, Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates revealed more details about the ongoing investigation into the strange case of Chavis Carter, who allegedly shot himself in the temple while handcuffed in a police car. The chief, who said the situation was “bizarre” and “defies logic at first glance,” has reviewed the car’s dashboard camera and spoken to witnesses who say the officers were outside the car when Carter was shot:

YATES: There’s no indication of any projectiles coming from outside the vehicle. We’ve reviewed the dashcam video and as late as today managed to have some witnesses come forward that observed the incident from start to finish. And their statements tend to support that whatever transpired in the back of that police car transpired in the back with the officers in a different location.

In a private meeting with local black community leaders, Yates reportedly said the FBI is also involved in the investigation.

A vigil is planned for Carter on Monday night.

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The full police report, posted online by The Grio, shows that Carter was detained with two other men in the car and had 10 dollars worth of marijuana on him.

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The FBI confirms they are involved in the investigation

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