The actions of the Ferguson, Mo., police department in the shooting death of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson were curious, if not unbelievable and reprehensible. But the Louisiana State Police and the Iberia Parish coroner take things to a whole new level of with their conflicting and even more dubious claims involving a deadly encounter between police and a handcuffed black man.
According to a report on NBCNews.com, Victor White III and Isaiah Lewis were inside a gas station convenience store in New Iberia, La., in the waning hours of March 2. A fight between two other men outside the store broke out. After those two left the front of the store, White and Lewis went on their way. But they were stopped by police shortly thereafter. The police report says White complied with a “consented pat-down,” which led the officer to find “suspected marijuana in front pants pocket.” The NBC News report notes that police called for backup after running White’s and Lewis’s name through a police database. What happened next, according to the State Police press release cited by NBC, strains credulity.