The family of 22-year-old Victor White III are demanding answers after he died in police custody. According to CBS News, White was arrested by Iberia Parish police after officers responded to a 911 call around 11 p.m. regarding a fight that he was allegedly involved in. What happened from there is still being investigated.
State Trooper Stephan Hammons says that after officers arrived on the scene, White was searched and illegals drugs were found on his person. He was later handcuffed, transported to the squad car and taken to the sheriff’s office for processing. Once he arrived at the Sheriff’s Office, authorities claim that he refused to exit the vehicle.
“Once at the Sheriff’s Office, White became uncooperative and refused to exit the deputy’s patrol vehicle,” Hammons told The Advocate.
At some point, officers claim that White produced a handgun and fired one round, striking himself in the back. He was transported to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead.
“We’re investigating how he got the gun,” Hammons continued. “It’s too early in our investigation to comment further.”
For obvious reasons, White’s family is convinced that there is a lot more to this story.
“They have issued a statement that he shot himself but we know that is not true,” White’s sister, Keisha Davis, tells MadameNoire. “We will not stop until justice is served.”
State police are currently investigating his mysterious death while his family is actively raising money to have a second autopsy performed. They are also raising awareness surrounding the case with social media campaign, #JusticeForVic.
Rev. Raymond Brown of National Action Now New Orleans says that they are also looking into White’s death.
“Something is seriously wrong with this picture,” he said on Monday.
If White’s story sounds familiar, it’s because an eerily similar incident occurred Aug. 2012 involving 21-year-old Chavis Carter of Arkansas. Carter died after suffering a gunshot wound to the head while handcuffed in the backseat of a patrol car. And similar to White’s case, officers insisted Carter shot himself.