KAIT Anchor Craig Rickert on Chavis Carter’s Death: “Nothing Suspicious”

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KAIT anchor Craig Rickert took to his Facebook fan page to offer support for the officers who are on “paid administrative leave” after a 21-year-old African American man was shot in the head and killed while his hands were handcuffed behind his head.

“As protocol, he was handcuffed behind his back, double-locked and searched,” said Jonesboro Police Department Sgt. Lyle Waterworth in an interview with WREG-TV.

Waterworth believes Carter pulled out a gun and shot himself in the right temple.

Rickert’s post quickly filled with comments by concerned Jonesboro, AK residents.

Commenter Gail Doles wrote, “The whole story sounds a little impossible.”

Catherine Marie Goodman wrote, “Aren’t the police suppose to check them before they put them in the cop car. And y are they on paid leave? Someone didn’t do their job and that person shouldn’t be paid or have a job.”

Rickert “assured” his Facebook followers by writing, “they did check the suspect. It’s on tape. He had the gun stuffed very low in his pants.”

Doles wasn’t convinced by Rickert’s claim.

“But, stuffed very low in his pants, his hands cuffed BEHIND him, and the gun ends up BESIDE him…. Doesn’t sound quite convincing,” Doles wrote.

Rickert responded, “You’d be surprised how flexible people can be. trust me, nothing suspicious about this.”

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