The family of a Louisiana man who police say shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a squad car wants the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the case.
Victor White III, 22, of New Iberia, La., died on March 3 after being stopped by police officers responding to a report of a fight at a nearby gas station, attorneys for White’s family said.
According to a police statement obtained by the NBC network, Victor White III “was taken into custody, handcuffed behind his back, and transported to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office for processing. Once at the Sheriff’s Office, White became uncooperative and refused to exit the deputy’s patrol vehicle. As the deputy requested assistance from other deputies, White produced a handgun and fired one round striking himself in the back.”
However, the coroner’s report, obtained first by NBC months later, showed that White was shot in the front just under his right nipple.
In today’s society with all the current turbulence related to police brutality festering throughout areas around the country, I propose the question: Can we rely on the testimony of law enforcement, in cases where police brutality is considered suspicious because evidence and/or detail to the situation are initially withheld, should the individual(s) involved statement be valid enough to be considered a credible source in proving whether or not foul play is relevant in the matter?
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