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What Happened to Lennon Lacy? Was it a Lynching?

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What Happened to Lennon Lacy? Was it a Lynching?

Friday December 26, 2014 at 09:30 AM PST

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/26/1350716/ -What-happened-to-Lennon-Lacy-Was-it-a-lynching#

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National headlines have been focused on the response to the chokehold homicide of Eric Garner in NYC, continuing events taking place in Ferguson around the murder of Mike Brown, and demonstrations for justice taking place around the country. But Rev. Dr. William Barber, head of the North Carolina NAACP; Al McSurely, veteran civil rights lawyer; the family of Lennon Lacy and concerned members of the community want answers to the very questionable death of Lennon Lacy. He was found hanging from a swing, in shoes that were not his own, back in August. The case was quickly ruled a suicide. Too quickly.

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On the morning of Aug. 29, the body of Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a noose fastened to a swing set at a trailer park in the small eastern North Carolina town of Bladenboro, about a half-mile from his family’s home. A 17-year-old African-American junior and football player at West Bladen High School, Lacy was last seen leaving the house around 10:30 p.m. the previous evening to take a walk, as he often did. A 911 call came in at 7:25 a.m. the next day, a Friday. “I need EMS,” said the caller, a woman who got physically ill during the conversation. “I have a man hanging from a swing set Bladen Rental Properties.” The dispatcher told the caller to cut down the person to see if he was breathing. He wasn’t. The call ended with the dispatcher sending help as the distraught woman tried to loose the body. The initial investigation into the death, conducted by a State Bureau of Investigation team working under the direction of the local district attorney, quickly concluded that Lacy’s death was a suicide — too quickly, the N.C. NAACP charges.

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The civil rights group has gotten involved in the case at the request of the Lacy family, who find it difficult to believe Lennon committed suicide. They say he was excited about playing his first varsity football game on the very day his body was discovered. They bristle over investigators’ claim that he was suicidally depressed and say he was just experiencing normal grief over the recent death of his great-uncle. There are also questions about why if the teen were going to kill himself he would do so at a mostly white trailer park.

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The NAACP questions whether the Lacy case is yet another instance of what it calls “quick call suicides” — suspicious hanging deaths of black men, most of them in the South, that were immediately classified as suicides without extensive investigations despite evidence that foul play may have been involved. This week the SBI said it has addressed all “viable” leads in the case but that it would still investigate any new information it gets.”There was such a rush to say suicide,” N.C. NAACP President Rev. William Barber said at a press conference held in Raleigh last month to announce the group had called on the U.S. Department of Justice to get involved in the case. “Questions remain. Have they been thoroughly investigated? If not, why?”

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Justice for Lennon Lacy

North Carolina NAACP

http://www.naacpnc.org/lennon_lacy

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A 17-year old Black high school student from Bladenboro, North Carolina was found hanging from a childs swing set in a majority-white trailer park on the morning of August 29th. Local law enforcement quickly labeled his death as a suicide but family and friends believed otherwise. The Lacy family asked the North Carolina NAACP to help them find the truth. We began our own preliminary investigation, which included hiring an expert pathologist to review the case. After the expert pathologist released a preliminary report which suggested that the basic protocol for investigating a death scene was not followed by local law enforcement and which raised many unanswered questions regarding Lennon Lacy’s death, the North Carolina NAACP and the Lacy family called upon the FBI to open a federal investigation. After many Town Hall meetings, news conferences, and a community march through Bladenboro, our demand for a federal investigation was met. Lennon Lacy’s death is now being investigated by the FBI as a possible lynching.

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASE:

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The Guardian – ‘Was My 17 Year Old Son Lynched, in the Year 2014? The Police Still Won’t Tell Me’

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By Claudia Lacy, mother of Lennon Lacy

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“The knock on the door came at about noon. Id woken up feeling unwell that morning and had called the hospital where I work to say I wasnt coming in. I was on the phone with my sister and just when the door knocked she was telling me that shed heard a body had been found hanging in a local park. That was strange…”

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CNN – ‘NC Teen’s Hanging Death Ruled a Suicide; Mother Says It Was a Lynching’

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“Claudia Lacy says she can accept anything: even that her youngest son committed suicide — if it’s proven and explained to her.

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However, she says, local and state investigators have done neither to support their theory that Lennon Lacy hanged himself one summer night…”

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Katie Couric – ‘UPDATE: FBI investigates hanging death of teen in North Carolina’

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“While Ferguson, Mo., erupted after a grand jury failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, another story was playing out some 900 miles away from the cameras – and the outrage.

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On the morning of Aug. 29, Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old African-American high school football player from Bladenboro, N.C., was found dead in the open field of a mobile home park, hanging from a swing set…”

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The Independent Weekly – ‘Expert Challenges Investigation of Scene of Lennon Lacy’s Death’

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“An expert pathologist hired to review local and state authorities handling of Lennon Lacys purported suicide in August released a report Thursday, criticizing many of the actions taken by local law enforcement.

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Dr. Christena Roberts, who was retained by the North Carolina NAACP at the request of Lacys family, met with the states Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Deborah Radisch, who conducted the original autopsy on the Bladenboro teenagers body…”

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The Guardian – ‘Teenager’s mysterious death evokes painful imagery in North Carolina: “It’s in the DNA of America”‘

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“Friday 29 August was a big day for Lennon Lacy. His high school football team, the West Bladen Knights, were taking on the West Columbus Vikings and Lacy, 17, was determined to make his mark. Hed been training all summer for the start of the season, running up and down the bleachers at the school stadium wearing a 65lb exercise jacket…”

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Daily Kos – ‘Expert Pathologist Challenges Police Handling of Lennon Lacy Hanging, Disturbing Details’

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“Dr. Christena L. Roberts, an NAACP-retained expert pathologist, has released her review of the procedures followed by local and state authorities in handling the purported suicide of 17 year old Lennon Lacy. As has been written about here previously, Lacy was found hanging on a childrens swing set in a predominantly white rural North Carolina trailer park on August 29th…”

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Fayetteville Observer – ‘Our View: Answers Need in Death of Bladen County Teen’

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“The State Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy of Bladenboro remains an open case.

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Officially, anyway. There’s not much happening and without new information or outside prodding, there won’t be.

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“We will not close the case until (the district attorney) advises us to do so,” said SBI spokeswoman Teresa West. But she says all viable leads have been addressed…”

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Videos

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NC NAACP Requests Federal Investigation of Teenage Hanging Death

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Lennon Lacy FROM Google Video

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Lennon Lacy Case Moves Forward

Posted by: Mary Thatch Posted date: March 02, 2015

The Wilmington Journal

http://wilmingtonjournal.com/lennon-lacy-case-moves-forward/

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The FBI has now been investigating the open questions surrounding the mysterious hanging death of black teenager in the small eastern North Carolina town of Bladenboro for at least a month.

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There is no question in the minds of those who believe that Lennon Lacy, 17, did not kill himself, as the Bladenboro police and county coroner have ruled, that someone knows what happened to the West Bladenboro High School student before his body was found hanging from a childrens swing set in a predominately white trailer park he did not live at on the morning of August 29th last summer.

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Local authorities were quick to rule suicide, saying, after interviewing Lacys mother, that he was despondent of the recent death of a beloved uncle. But Claudia Lacy counters that while her son was indeed sad, as was the rest of the family, he was nowhere near suicidal.

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Indeed, the start of the high school football season was beginning the same evening Lennons body was found, and young man was on his school team, and had been eagerly preparing for the big first game.

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In effect, her son had every reason to live, Claudia Lacy says, which means his death was something shes certain was done to him.

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He didnt do this to himself, she told CNN.

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The NC NAACP has joined with the Lacy family and attorney, demanding justice and a full investigation of the facts. With Rev. William Barber, president of the statewide civil rights group leading the way, more questions about both the circumstances surrounding Lennons death, and the subsequent local investigation, have come to light.

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[The Lacy family is] being asked to accept the fact that their son, brother, and cousin might have walked out of his home the night before his first big home football game that he had been preparing for all summer, Rev. Barber said at a November press conference with the family present. That he would have hidden his brand new shoes that he had been wearing, so no one could find them. That he would have found a pair of older low-top sneakers, taken the strings out of them, and jammed them on his feet, although they were two sizes too small. That he would have walked alone to a trailer park owned by a white man who is in prison for dealing drugs. That he would have picked up two leashes/belts along the way and fashioned a noose out of them all by himself. That when he got there, he would have picked a swing set with no swings hanging from it, and taken the leash/belt, tied it to the beam and through the eyehook, and then put the leash around his neck, and swung himself out to his self-inflicted death.

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Black Teen Hangs, Cops Shrug: No Evidence Collected on Lennon Lacy

SCANDAL

04.16.155:25 AM ET

Justin Glawe

The Daily Beast

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/16/ cops-didn-t-collect-evidence-on-hanging-of-black-teen-lennon-lacy.html

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Police turned away the coroner, ordered no autopsy, and took no photos or measurements. No wonder the family doesnt believe it was suicide.

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Most people choose not to wear shoes that are two sizes too small, but things seem to work differently in Bladenboro, North Carolina, where Lennon Lacy apparently squeezed himself into an ill-fitting pair before hanging himself.

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Authorities say it was suicide; Lacys family says it was murder. Thanks to shoddy police work, neither side has enough facts to prove their case.

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Lacy was last seen leaving his home at 10:30 p.m. on August 28. His parents say late-night walks were common for their son, although he may have left to go across the street to his then-girlfriends house.

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Just before 7:30 a.m. the next day, a woman called 911 to report finding Lacys body. The woman called it a suicide and for some reason speculated that Lacy may have been breathing. Should I cut him down? she asked 911. The dispatcher told her to try, marking the first in a series of apparent missteps in an investigation wrought with procedural errors.

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Coroner Hubert Kinlaw told Dr. Christena Roberts, a pathologist hired by the North Carolina NAACP to conduct her own investigation, that he was prevented from taking photos of the crime scene by policeand that cops even threatened to take away his camera.

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Furthermore, Kinlaw told Roberts as part of her investigation that police at the scene didnt want an autopsy performed, and that Kinlaw took it upon himself to order one with the local district attorney. (Kinlaw has turned down repeated requests for comment.)

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However, an officer from the State Bureau of Investigation said in a report that no photographs were taken at the scene because the sole crime scene technician was at another homicide. (No other homicides could be found in news reports for that 24-hour period.) So the authorities dont even agree why photographs werent taken.

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Was Lennon Lacy Lynched? 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Published 12:49 pm EDT, December 13, 2014

Updated 11:31 am EDT, March 20, 2015

Heavy

http://heavy.com/news/2014/12/lennon-lacy-hanging-north-carolina-
black-teen-fbi-lynching-lynched-investigation/

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Topics Covered in This Article

1. His Family Says He Was Found Wearing Someone Elses Shoes

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2. The FBIs Announcement Came One Day Before an NAACP March to Demand a Federal Investigation

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3. Those Seeking Answers Have Serious Concerns About the Medical Examiners Conclusion of Suicide

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4. He Had Reportedly Been in a Relationship With a 31-Year-Old White Woman

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Lacys mother, Claudia Lacy, gave a first-person account of her concerns over her sons death to the Guardian, in which she mentions that her son was in a relationship with an older white woman.

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She said, There were things locally that also made me anxious. Lennon was in a relationship with a white woman over the road. She had concerns over the age difference. I didnt like that, Lacy said, and I told her that.

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The Guardian reported that the womans name was Michelle Brimhall, and that she lived directly across from the Lacy family home. At 31, she was nearly twice his age.

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She left her husband and the father of her children in February, relocating from Illinois to Bladenboro.

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Lacys family reportedly claim that the couple had broken up shortly before his death, and that Brimhall had a new boyfriend. Brimhall says they never broke up but told people they were not together so that they would stop giving us trouble.

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5. Theres A Long History of KKK Activity in the Area

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Google News

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Lennon Lacy Autopsy

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1312954-autopsy-lennon-lacy.html

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Latest updates in Lennon Lacy Investigation

Kaitlin Stansell

Published on March 26, 2015

Video

Fox News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CTqzRGHWAo

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Black Teen Hangs, Cops Shrug:
No Evidence Collected on Lennon Lacy

By Roland Martin Reports

April 16, 2015

http://rolandmartinreports.com/blog/2015/04/ black-teen-hangs-cops-shrug-no-evidence-collected-on-lennon-lacy/

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Most people choose not to wear shoes that are two sizes too small, but things seem to work differently in Bladenboro, North Carolina, where Lennon Lacy apparently squeezed himself into an ill-fitting pair before hanging himself.

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Authorities say it was suicide; Lacys family says it was murder. Thanks to shoddy police work, neither side has enough facts to prove their case.

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Facing South Publication Updates Lennon Lacy Case

09/08/2015

BladenOnline.com

http://www.bladenonline.com/ facing-south-publication-updates-lennon-lacy-case/

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[The Facing South website is not functioning at this time]

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Facing South, a publication of the Institute for Southern Studies, featured an article recently, New Developments in possible lynching case out of North Carolina, an update of recent activities related to the Lennon Lacy case in Bladenboro.

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According to the publication, Southern Studies is a public interest media, and education center that was founded in 1970 by veterans of the civil rights movement.

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The article was a rehash of the year old case of Lennon Lacy, a West Bladen high school student and athlete, found hanging on a swing set in a mobile home park in Bladenboro, plus some new information.

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2) Dr. William Barber, NC NAACP President, reported two people had come to the NAACP with information suggesting Lacys death was not a suicide. According to the report, Dr. Barber referred them to law enforcement.

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3) The article in Facing South, indicated Barber has spoken to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, a North Carolina native.

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4) The article reported that someone from outside North Carolina has approached the state NAACP and offered to put up a $25,000 reward for information related to the case. Barber was reported to have had the offer referred to the FBI.

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The complete articles may be read at the URLs provided for each.

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