The Leflore County NAACP in Greenwood, Miss, is closely watching local police officials as they investigate the hanging death of a 26-year- old man, reports the Tri-State Defender. Judge Greg Mathis (left) writes in the online issue of his daily newspaper the NAACP has a right to be on alert… Leflore County is just miles away from where 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in 1955. The death of Till is considered by many the spark that started the civil rights movement.
“Frederick Jermaine Carter was mentally ill but, according to his family, was on medication. When he wandered off, his relatives didn’t think much about it – he’s done that before. But many in the local community were shocked to find the young man, three days later, hanging from a tree in a wealthy white neighborhood, an area most residents say few blacks ever visit. The local coroner has ruled the death a suicide but too many questions remain, including this one: How did the young man manage to hang himself from the tree, without assistance?”
Judge Mathis continues his report —