Family Of 22-Year-Old Louisiana Man Refute Claims He Shot And Killed Himself While Handcuffed In Police Custody

March 6, 2014  |  

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.

Anyone looking to make a donation towards the independent autopsy of Victor White is encouraged to send monies to MidSouth Bank (account number 3428427).


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  • allupinyourfeelings


  • allupinyourfeelings

    Murder murder! White cops are at it again!

  • Crazy Diamond

    Why was my previous comment deleted? Do you not want people to know this happens on occasion? Perhaps you’re trying to further some sort of anti police agenda.

    • allupinyourfeelings

      Yup! They are deleting my comments as well!

  • Love

    I live in the city this happened in and let me first start off by saying I find this hard to believe being that he was searched and drugs were found but not the weapon. Secondly, race relations between the IPSO and the black community is horrible….Tear gas being used to disperse non violent crowds during festivals to beating individuals who were handcuffed and on the ground already. Youtube the video Police Beating during Sugarcane Festival 2013. So sad. My daughter (who is a LSU freshman) and her friend (who is in the NAVY) were both harassed at this same festival…..all from parking on the street in front of her granny’s house. I need to see video proof for me to believe this.

    • allupinyourfeelings

      This is plain ol murder by racist pigs

  • English

    Your winding me up right!!!, these murdering lowlife racist cops need killing! Stop killing yourself black people and start taking out some of these white devils!!!!.

  • sharhonda

    He could’ve atleast not shot him in the back like an animal but Vic was pretty talented to shot himself in the back while being handcuffed really

  • FromUR2UB

    Oh, come ONNNNN!! He was searched, handcuffed, then somehow, magically, obtained a gun and managed to shoot himself? How insulting that the police would be so lazy in their lie!! They don’t even see the need to make the effort to sound convincing.

  • enlightenment

    Aaaaaaand another one. -_-