Lynching

The Department of Justice said there is no evidence that Otis Byrd, 54, who was found hanging from a tree in rural Mississippi in March, was lynched and the investigation into his death has been closed, NBC News reports. RELATED: Body Of Missing African-American Man Found Hanging From Tree In Mississippi [VIDEO] Preliminary Autopsy Results Suggest […]

UPDATE, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 2:12 p.m. – Forty-three-year-old Roosevelt Champion III – found hanging from a tree on Monday – allegedly killed himself, according to the results of a forensic autopsy released Tuesday, reports NBC News. Champion’s body was discovered Monday by a neighbor in Greensboro, Georgia. Police had recently questioned him about the […]

A business owner is insisting he isn’t racist, although the Confederate flags and nooses hung at his Discount Tree Service store tell a different story. The paraphernalia was hung at Robert Tomanovich’s tree store in Livonia, Mich., according to the New York Daily News. When people began to complain about the flags and the noose Tomanovich had hanging […]

The family of Otis Byrd, the man who was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi last month, has hired a well-renowned medical examiner to investigate the case. The family of the 54-year-old has hired Michael Baden to conduct an independent investigation on Byrd’s body, refusing to believe he took his own life, reports the Clarion-Ledger. Because the […]

Another institution is under investigation after a noose was found hanging from a tree just a few miles from Ferguson, Mo. The noose was found at North Tech High School Wednesday morning, according to KMOV. It isn’t yet clear if a student or a member of the school staff discovered it. After the police were called, the device was taken down. […]

UPDATED: Thursday, April 2 — 6:00 PM EST According to WNCN, Duke University officials have identified the student responsible for hanging a noose from a tree on campus early Wednesday. “The student will be subject to Duke’s student conduct process,” the university said. “The university continues to review the circumstances of the incident to determine if additional […]

Authorities have yet to confirm if a missing man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi last week was killed or committed suicide, but the FBI is now consulting with the Behavioral Analysis Unit (or “profilers”) to break the case. Otis Byrd, 54, was found with a sheet around his neck near his Port Gibson […]

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that preliminary results from an autopsy on the body of Otis Byrd, the man officials found hanging from a tree in Mississippi Thursday, suggests the cause of death was suicide. Investigators, however, have not yet released Byrd’s official cause of death. “Everybody wants answers and wants them quickly,” Special FBI […]

UPDATE: 5:30 P.M. EST The Claiborne County branch of the NAACP has announced that the man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi is 54-year-old Otis Byrd. WLBT reports: In a news release, the FBI say the body was found during a ground search by the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks. Otis James […]

A 20-year-old woman of color in Sacramento has been hit with an antiquated “lynching” charge after she and other demonstrators clashed with police during a counterprotest against a law enforcement rally, the Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday. Maile Hampton was arrested on Jan. 18 after police asked her protest group to move away from the city’s […]

We like to think of the racial violence of America’s recent past as an aberration, that it cropped up during an especially hostile moment in history and went away suddenly. A closer look at the reality of racial violence — lynching in particular — suggests, however, that America’s predilection for the slaughter of black men is alive and well […]

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