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Court rules in favor of police department over in-custody suicide

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The sixth and final claim against the Jonesboro Police Department and the City of Jonesboro was dismissed by a U.S. district court judge regarding the in-custody suicide of Chavis Carter.

U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of the city, former Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates, Officer Keith Baggett and Officer Ronald Marsh. Baker had already dismissed a large part of the lawsuit in September 2016.

Teresa Rudd, Carter’s mother, filed a civil lawsuit against the city when she claimed the officers were negligent in their search of Carter when he was taken into custody.

Police said Carter committed suicide in the back of a patrol car when he was placed inside. His hands were cuffed behind his back.

In Rudd’s lawsuit, she claimed the city was negligent in the search and the arresting officers violated Carter’s constitutional rights.

This week, Baker ruled in favor of the officers, stating the officers did not violate Carter’s constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.

Baker ruled that Rudd’s claim did not address the constitutionality of Carter’s “initial detention and questioning”.

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