The Problem with Police Cars
- The Kennedy Center is gearing up for the Page to Stage Festival – a big thing for us playwrights.
- Michael has started law school full-time, which also means PILPG, Law Review, and working for the dean.
- I’ve made some winter plans that are worthy of their own post.
- Oh yeah and a bunch of people have been killed in the back of police cars.
Regarding that last one, I’ve been more than a little frustrated lately.
I’m talking about Chavis Carter, a Chinese acrobat known best for being able to shoot himself in his right temple while being left-handed and handcuffed behind his back in the rear seat of a police car.
Except he’s not a Chinese acrobat, he’s just a dude. And the police investigation of this case seems a bit lacking, to say the least.
Since the event happened near Memphis and Carter used to live in a Memphis suburb, I’ve been able to help my family’s law firm – which handles wrongful death cases in Memphis – to write about this topic. In my opinion, this is a wrongful death whichever way you look at it.
On a side note, if I hear another person argue about how Carter looked like a thug that night, my lost faith in humanity will be cemented and complete. What does a “thug” look like? Was he carrying Skittles, because I’m confused.
I don’t care what he looked like. I don’t care what drugs he’d taken. I don’t care.
I just care that people handcuffed in police custody not be shot in the head, by themselves or by others. Is that so unreasonable?
Anyway, learn more here:
The Wrongful Death of Chavis Carter – an article about the case before much evidence had been released.
Police Brutality and Injury Lawsuits – after a little more information was available, another kid died in the back of a police car.
Current Investigation Information (UPDATE 2/24/13: link broken) – a pretty simple rundown of all the evidence currently released (as of 8/22), with discussion of what’s glaringly missing.
(Photo by Kriss Szkurlatowski)