On the morning of July 7, 2016 a park security guard found the body of man between the ages of 25-35 hanging from a tree near the Charles Allen entrance of the park. A police spokesperson, Donald Hannah, stated the hanging appears to be a suicide based on the evidence found at the scene. On the heels of the Sterling and Castile murders; this response only seemed to infuriate social media users. However, according to Hannah there were no discernible signs of foul play. Scuffs marks and pollen found on the front of the man’s clothing coupled with shoe prints on top of a nearby wheeled trash barrel seem to support Hannah’s contention.
Today, as we continuously receive updates about the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five officers killed in Dallas Texas this week; suspicions continue to grow regarding this death of a man found hanging from a tree in Piedmont Park Atlanta Thursday July 7, 2016. Almost immediately social media users, still upset and discussed by the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile began to speculate that this too was murder. Some even suggesting the murder is linked to the KKK. One social media user suggests a correlation between the hanging and the KKK passing out flyers in the park the day before.
No details about the deceased’s identity have been release at the time of this article.
- Piedmont Park Hanging referred to FBI. Asia Burns. July 7, 2016.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/police-body-found-in-piedmont-park-a-suicide-victi/nrtJq/.
- Piedmont Park Hanging; What We Know. Asia Burns. July 8, 2016. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/piedmont-park-hanging-what-we-know/nrtkQ/.
- A Black Man was Just Found Hanged in a Tree in Atlanta. Tom Cahill. July 7, 2016. US Uncut. http://usuncut.com/black-lives-matter/black-man-found-hanging-tree-atlanta-park/.
- Who Was the Man Found Hanging Piedmont Park? A Hanging Has Led to Serious Questions. Noor Al-Sibai. July 7, 2016. Bustle. http://www.bustle.com/articles/171333-who-was-the-man-found-in-piedmont-park-a-hanging-has-led-to-serious-questions.