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Chavis Carter: Police murder or suicide?

W.A.T.E.R. 17 Special to the AmNews | 8/30/2012, 3:14 p.m.

"It's strange, it's unlike most you've ever seen before," family attorney Benjamin Irwin said last Friday. "This young man ends up dead in the back seat of a squad car, when he's in the one place where they have a duty and an obligation to protect him."

Carter's family are said to be seeking an independent autopsy to determine the bullet's trajectory and other clues. They say that even if Carter did shoot himself, the police are still liable for not properly searching him, and plan to sue.

It was announced on Tuesday that the two officers, Keith Baggett and Ron Marsh, were returning to work after being on paid administrative leave shortly after Carter's killing.

"Based upon these facts and circumstances, I made the decision to return them to active duty status," JPD Chief Michael Yates stated.

"The JPD have reinstated both officers that displayed such a high degree of negligence that it led to the loss of a life of a young man in their custody," Irwin said.

"It continues to become abundantly clear that the JPD was not only negligent the night of the shooting; it is also seemingly clear that they are becoming negligent in their investigation of the events that happened on July 28, 2012," Irwin added. "This appears to be becoming more and more like an attempt to clear two officers of any wrongdoing than to discover the actual facts of what occurred that night young Chavis Carter lost his life."