Update: The tragic case of an African-American man's body, hanging from a tree, is now being turned to the FBI for further investigation, according to Gawker.
Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed said in a press release statement, "Everything we have seen suggests there was no foul play involved, but I want to state clearly and unequivocally that we will not prejudge the circumstances surrounding this young man's death."
News began to circulate on social media Thursday morning of a black man’s body found hanging from a tree in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
Many people speculated that the death was the result of a modern-day lynching, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Local law enforcement, however, claimed otherwise. They “confirmed” that the person found had committed suicide.
“There were no discernible signs of a struggle or foul play,” said police spokesman Donald Hannah. “A Fulton County medical examiner concurred that the death was consistent with a suicide.”
An autopsy will be conducted on the unidentified victim to determine the official cause and manner of death, but for now it is being ruled a suicide.
Unfortunately, the word of law enforcement is not trustworthy as we have seen too many police departments throughout the nation involved in all types of lies and misconduct from cold-blooded murder to sexual abuse of a minor.
Many are rightfully still skeptical about how this body came to be publicly hanging in a park.
A white man found dead = full investigation! A black man found hanging from a tree = no investigation! He hung himself! #PiedmontParkHanging— nick washington (@girlsugar) July 7, 2016
Why on earth would a black man hang himself in a PUBLIC area?? To argue that this was a suicide is asinine #PiedmontParkHanging— Luke Cripwalker (@sporker_) July 7, 2016
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