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Lennon Lacy: Investigation Wanted in Teen's Swing Set Hanging Death

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 03:42 PM

After an independent autopsy on 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, North Carolina’s NAACP has called on state lawmakers to investigate the death of the black teen found hanging from a swing set in August.

The organization said the autopsy raised questions about whether Lacy’s death was a suicide, as it was ruled, the International Business Times reported.

The NAACP appealed to lawmakers ahead of a march scheduled Saturday in Blandenboro, North Carolina, Lacy’s hometown.

"We have deep questions," said NAACP North Carolina’s President Rev. William Barber, the IBT reported. “We have said this may be, and it could be, suicide, but what this family cannot accept is this being told to them without there being a full investigation."

An attorney for the family said local law enforcement has cooperated and “welcomed” FBI or U.S. Department of Justice authorities involvement in the investigation, the IBT said.

The Indy Week reported that a pathologist questioned how law enforcement handled Lacy’s investigation, including how Lacy’s body was handled and the way evidence was collected.

In the letter sent to legislators, including Sen. Richard Burr, Sen. Kay Hagan, and Gov. Pat McCoury, the NAACP referred to experience with “quick call suicides” described as “suspicious deaths of black men are quickly classified as ‘suicides.’”

“This cycle of distrust happened here,” the letter said, as quoted by the IBT. “Given the deep distrust that had developed between the family and the current investigators; given the possible race-based animus toward Lennon and his family by some of their neighbors; given the close connections in this small town between local law enforcement and witnesses involved in interactions with Lennon just before, during, and after the night of his death; given the illegal drug transactions in and around this case; we believe that the intervention of the U.S. Department of Justice is necessary.”

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After an independent autopsy on 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, North Carolina's NAACP has called on state lawmakers to investigate the death of the black teen found hanging from a swing set in August.
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