A 22 year-old black man died while in the back of a police car by gunshot. Who killed him, however, is the part that’s currently unclear. Supposedly, the man shot himself in police custody.
According to the coroner, Victor White of Louisiana committed suicide in the back of the police car by shooting himself in the chest, even while his hands were cuffed behind his back. This report conflicts with common sense as well as the police report, which states that White shot himself in the back.
His death occurred on March 3rd of this year after a night out with friends. He was stopped by a police on the way back from a local gas station and arrested for carrying a small amount of marijuana. Shortly after, they discovered cocaine as well, arrested White, and placed him the back of their police cruiser.
On the drive to the station, White allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and shot himself.
As Gawker points out, there are many reasons why the incident and explanation is very suspect.To quote them:
One friend said White joked about having a gun earlier that night, but no one is on record as having seen one. If he did have a gun, why didn’t police find it during one of the two searches? How was he able to reach around and shoot himself in the chest with his hands cuffed behind his back? (The coroner’s report said it was possible due to White’s “body habitus.”) Why did police initially claim he shot himself in the back? Why didn’t the coroner find the gunpowder stippling common to close-range shots on White’s wound? White had a laceration on his face at the time of his death that Lewis said wasn’t there the last time two men saw each other, before White got into the cruiser. Where did it come from?
The Louisiana state police opened an investigation, still ongoing, into White’s death hours after the incident occurred, but White’s father, Reverend Victor White, said he has little hope for results.
“You can’t make me understand,” he told NBC. “You can’t make me understand how my son took his left hand, when he was handcuffed behind the back, and shot himself. I don’t believe a thing they’re saying at this point.”