The FBI has agreed to step in and investigate the August death of a black North Carolina teen found hanging from a swingset in a predominantly white trailer park.
The agency agreed to take on the case after questions raised by the mother of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy and by the North Carolina branch of the NAACP.
Claudia Lacy of Bladenboro , N.C., did not immediately respond to a private message sent to her through social media, but she did say in an essay dictated to The Guardianthat she was concerned for her son because he was dating an older white woman. Lacy does not believe the police were involved in her son’s death, but she does believe his case was treated as if it did not matter, she said. She told The Guardian that her son was not depressed and that he was respectful and compassionate.
Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt did not immediately respond to a voicemail message left for him Friday night. Hunt has referred all questions to the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation, which has said that all leads in the case were addressed.
William Barber II, the North Carolina NAACP branch president, said he was gratified that more would be brought to light about the death of the high school student and football player who, according to his family, was found hanging by a dog leash and a belt that did not belong to him.
“There must be a thorough investigation,” Barber said in a statement. “There are too many questions and contradictions raised by our independent pathology report and stories in the community about facts, quick conclusions, and how the death scene was not protected to leave this case unprobed and unevaluated.”
Source: USA Today | Melanie Eversley