The FBI has launched a preliminary inquiriy into the death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in Clairborne, Mississippi.
via CBS News:
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says the body was discovered Thursday as the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks conducted a ground search for a man who had been missing since early March.
During the search, officers located a man hanging in the woods near Roddy Road in Port Gibson, about a half mile from the missing man’s last known residence.
An FBI Evidence Response Team is processing the scene and authorities have not released the name of the person found.
There is no indication yet as to whether this is a criminal or self-inflicted act.
The FBI inquiry is parallel to state and local investigations.
CBS affiliate WJTV reports the Claiborne County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate.
A black man found hanging from a tree in 2015? That doesn’t sound at all like ‘self-inflicted’ to us. Let’s pray for a swift, FAIR, and through investigation.