Friends and family members of 21-year-old Chavis Carter, whom Jonesboro, Ark. Police say committed suicide while handcuffed, are hosting two 1-year memorial services for Carter on Sunday (July 28).
The first service will be at 2 p.m. at Rivergate Park in downtown Tunica, Miss. The second service will be at 6 p.m. at Allen Park in Jonesboro.
Carter died July 28, 2012 while in the back of a Jonesboro police cruiser. His mother, Teresa Carter, is scheduled to attend the memorial services, along with representing attorney Benjamin Irwin of the Cochran Firm-Memphis. Other who have committed include friends of Carter's, pastors and local leaders and community organizers.
According to organizers, "Our Aim is to show our support to the Carter family and allow the community to hear from the family after a year of mourning and long suffering as well as receive current updates from Carter family attorneys and community activists.)
Memphis and Mid-South residents rallied at the National Civil Rights museum last August in support of the family. The case has drawn widespread scrutiny.
Police say Carter used a .380-caliber Cobra semi automatic handgun to fatally shot himself after he was apprehended on an outstanding drug charge warrant. Officers asserted that he could have hidden the gun while not handcuffed and waiting to be officially charged.
Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates told the AP, "It's obvious they did miss the weapon on the first search. It is like, since he was placed into the car unhandcuffed the first time, that he had an opportunity to stash the weapon in the car. The second search, which was more thorough and inclusive, did not disclose the weapon either."
According to Jonesboro police, film, audio and witnesses back up their claim that neither of the arresting officers fired a shot.