published: Aug 26, 2014
New details have emerged about the circumstances surrounding the death of Victor White III, a 22-year-old African-American man who died in March while handcuffed in the back of a deputy’s car at the sheriff’s station in New Iberia, La.
That setup already sounds problematic, and according to recent reports by Vice and television station KATC in Lafayette, La., the story has been further complicated by a report last week from the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office. That report said White was shot in the chest, as opposed to earlier statements made by Louisiana State Police that White had been shot in the back.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office had asked the state police to investigate the incident, and Trooper Stephen Hammons issued its account to the media in March, saying that while looking into a fight at a convenience store, officers apprehended White on suspicion of possessing narcotics and drove him to the sheriff’s station, but he refused to get out of the car when they arrived.