This is a truly horrifying situation.
Per the AJC, a black man between 25 to 35 years old was found hanging from a tree in a park in Atlanta early Thursday morning. The discovery comes on the heels of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile's senseless killings.
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While the death was ruled a suicide by police, the FBI is now investigating the incident to confirm the findings. It's also important to note that an autopsy has yet to be performed.
Shortly after the news of the gruesome scene broke, Twitter erupted in anger over their suspicion that this was a "lynching" in addition to venting frustrations over the apparent lack of news coverage.
Take a look at the outraged tweets (below):
Given the backlash, Atlanta's governor Kasim Reed referred the case to the FBI and issued the following statement:
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of a young man's life last night in Piedmont Park. This disturbing event demands our full attention. The Atlanta Police Department (APD) is conducting a robust investigation into his death and I have asked to receive regular briefings on the status of the investigation. We have also referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Everything we have seen suggests that 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. APD will share all evidence discovered in the course of the investigation. We ask for the public's support and cooperation as we work to resolve this matter."
Wow — it sounds like Mr. Reed is determined to find out what's going on. We're glad he's taking the time to listen to the people.
We'll keep you updated as this case progresses.
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