Outrage in US as black man is shot in head while handcuffed in police car [Telegraph]

The death of a young black man who was shot in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car has caused uproar among the black community in Arkansas, a US state with deep racial faultlines.

by Mark Hughes

Aug 8, 2012

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets to protest an official explantion of suicide in the death of Chavis Carter, 21, in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Mr Carter was pulled over by police late last month and searched twice by officers who discovered a small $10 bag of marijuana. He was also wanted for skipping probation on another drugs charge.

Mr Carter had his hands cuffed behind his back and put into a police car.

Michael Yates, the police chief, has conceded that a "very unusual" chain of events led up to the later discovery of Mr Carter was [sic] found slumped in the back of the police car with a bullet wound in his head.

He later died in hospital…

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