On March 3, 2014, the 22-year-old was taken into custody after he was suspected of being involved in a fight at a convenience store in New Iberia, Louisana.
Victor was handcuffed in sitting in the back of a Louisiana State Police cruiser when he was fatally shot in the chest.
A coroner and police report claim Victor White III fatally shot himself in the chest while his hands were cuffed behind his back.
Sugar Town will focus on the central mystery of what might have happened to White and chronicles the family’s search for justice for their son’s suspicious death while in police custody.
The investigation also reveals “a larger story of power, corruption and racial injustice nestled within a divided southern town, with Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal — a man shrouded in controversy — at the center,” according to the network.
“Victor White III was a father, a son, a brother — and sadly, I fear, a victim of injustices rooted in New Iberia,” said Henry Schleiff, group president for Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
“Tragedies like these unfortunately catapult people into becoming activists, and we are humbled to share the White family’s crusade for answers in Sugar Town. We are reminded that corruption and racism exist in our society, today, and we hope that ID’s airing of this documentary will help spark informed dialogue about larger social injustices to ensure that White’s death was not in vain.”
The doc features several of White’s family members, including his father, Reverend Victor White; mother, Vanessa; and two of his eight siblings, sister Lakeisha and brother L.C.
The documentary also features interviews with key members of the New Iberian community, including local radio host Tony Brown, The Daily Iberian journalist Dwayne Fatheree and local activist Donald Broussard.
Watch a sneak peek below.
“Sugar Town” premieres Monday, August 6 at 8 p.m. EST on Investigation Discovery.