August 23, 2014 4:54 pm -

Louisiana state police claimed that Victor White III shot himself in the back while he was handcuffed and sitting in a police cruiser in March But the Iberia Parish Coroner’s office says he was shot in the chest.


The report from the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office shows White, 22, was shot in the chest, not in the back, directly contradicting statements made by State Police who said White killed himself while struggling in the backseat of a sheriff’s unit while handcuffed.

“My initial response was correct, that something was awry, and that something had gone wrong,” said White’s father, Victor White Sr.

The bullet entered White’s chest, perforated his left lung and head before exiting near his armpit and lacerating his upper arm, the report says.

The report deemed his death a suicide.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

16 responses to Coroner’s Report Contradicts Police Who Claimed Black Suspect Shot Himself While Handcuffed

  1. cjmarley August 23rd, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    How would it perforated the lung THEN the head coming out the armpit? Maybe it was supposed to say heart instead of head.

  2. mea_mark August 23rd, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    That must be a neat trick to shoot yourself in the chest when your hands are handcuffed behind your back and sitting in a police cruiser. Suicide, yeah, whatever you say.

    • neworleans878 August 23rd, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Clearly a descendant of Houdini…

    • uzza August 23rd, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Don’t sell this gentleman short. He was upholding a long tradition amongst African-Americans of committing suicide. Why, down here in the South they would often tie their hands behind their back, then beat themselves up, climb a tree, hang themselves from a limb and set themselves on fire.

  3. NW10 August 23rd, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    More police officers busted lying. Not all police officers are bad, but there are those out there who have forgotten that “protect and serve” applies to everyone, even the suspects they accuse of committing crimes.

    • Suzanne McFly August 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      We need to paint the whole profession with a broad brush. They have a few officers that are in the profession because they simply want to abuse the power they where given. Until the leaders start calling out the ones who are defying the “protect and serve” motto, then we need to let them all go down with the ship.

      • Jeff Allen August 24th, 2014 at 9:42 am

        Can we apply that same standard universally to all groups?

    • whatthe46 August 23rd, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      a “good” cop means nothing to me if he turns a blind eye when a bad cop does wrong.

      • granpa.usthai August 24th, 2014 at 8:27 am

        check. the white racist who have infiltrated the ‘fine blue line’ are nothing but Nazis hiding behind a badge. Sworn enemies of the nation they do not recognize. They should be so considered by the AMERICAN PEOPLE. as should the ones who have infiltrated the US Military.

  4. StraightGrandmother August 23rd, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    A suicide? Was it his gun or something? I thought they pat you down before putting you in the police car.

    • whatthe46 August 23rd, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      how can you commit suicide when you’re cuffed from behind and shot in the chest? ray charles can see that’s a bunch of b.s.

    • Wolfsong ThePoet August 24th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      They were able to find the drugs on his person . . how could they miss a big gun like that?

  5. StraightGrandmother August 23rd, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Does anyone remember, I think it was in Mississippi or Louisiana, that cognitively disabled young man who worked the flea market offering to carry the exhibitors stuff back to their cars at the end of the flea market, he would pick up a couple of dollars? Anybody remember this story? I believe it was the chief of police in this small town who approached him and ran him off calling him n*gger, it was just so ugly. I think two white exhibitors were so shocked and outraged they reported him to who I don’t remember. Does anybody remember that story?

  6. Conan776 August 23rd, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Left lung and *heart*.

  7. granpa.usthai August 24th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    either he shot himself in the back with his hands cuffed in the front, or he shot himself in the front with his hands cuffed in the back. The State of Louisiana wishes to assure the people they are serving and defending they will investigate this case to the fullest! The Governor himself gives you his personal guarantee! (Foxx Polls show the people will go with the shooting himself in the back “cause that’s how these cowardly thug vermin think”!