Victor White III’s Handcuffed Suicide: Huh?


Late last week I wrote about the suspicious death of Victor White III here.

Refresher: White III was stopped for suspicion of fighting whereupon they found drugs on his person. He was handcuffed behind his back and placed in the back of a cop car. After arriving at the jail, police officers say White pulled out a gun and shot himself in the back. A newly released coroner’s report contradicts this account, saying he died from a gunshot wound to the chest. There were also abrasions on White’s face. Yet, the death was still ruled a suicide.

What’s going on here?

No gunshot residue was checked on White’s hands, either.

“You can’t make me understand,” said Rev. Victor White II, 53, a Baptist minister and former substance abuse counselor. “You can’t make me understand how my son took his left hand, when he was handcuffed behind the back, and shot himself. I don’t believe a thing they’re saying at this point.”

Ortis performed a “consented pat-down” of White, according to the report, and “located suspected marijuana in front pants pocket.”

So, if he did shoot himself with his gun, somehow, then there is a clear case of gross incompetence here. They patted him down! They found marijuana in his pants pocket. Yet, no gun? Something much harder to conceal than marijuana.

Also, it would seem to me White and his friend were stopped for being black. They even indicated that they could describe the two that were fighting in the convenience store; let’s look at the security tape and so on. Nope, the officers didn’t want to do that. Still, to be fair, one the officer found the marijuana, reportedly, he was going to let White go. Then he did a second search and found small amounts of cocaine and decided to detain him.

So, two searches. No gun found. To recount:

  • Contradictory reports between what the police said happened and what the autopsy showed happened.
  • Two searches. No gun.
  • Abrasions to the face.

Again, I’m not trying a case here; this is not a public trial. I’m merely presenting the information the public knows as of right now and in my judgment, it seems dubious at best and criminal at worst.


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