Piedmont Park Hanging: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know

Piedmont Park, hanging, Atlanta

A black man was found hanging in Piedmont Park, according to a statement by Atlanta Police. The park is pictured here in January 2010. (Getty)

Suspicion has arisen on social media after a black man was found hanging in Atlanta’s well-known Piedmont Park on Thursday, but police statements about the discovery differ from the public outcry.

Police have said the incident appears to be a suicide, and have said there is no evidence of foul play, despite claims made on social media to the contrary, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. The man has not yet been identified publicly.

The hanging death comes as the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, have put the race issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement back into the national spotlight.

Few details about the story are known so far, but “#PiedmontParkHanging” has trended on Twitter throughout the day Thursday. Here is what we know so far:


1. Park Security Found the Man Hanging From a Tree, Police Say

The black male, about 25 to 35 years old, was found hanging from a tree near the Charles Allen entrance to Piedmont Park by security early Thursday morning, police said in an emailed statement.

Police were called to the park at 4:57 a.m., according to the statement, which mistakenly says the incident occurred June 7. Officers called for detectives shortly after arriving at the scene.

Emergency medical responders were also called, but the man “showed no signs of life,” according to police.


2. Police Said the Scene Was ‘Consistent With a Suicide,’ But an Autopsy Has Not Been Completed

Piedmont Park, hanging, Atlanta

Piedmont Park. (Getty)


An autopsy has not yet been completed to determine a cause of death, but police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, they are “confirming the body found was the victim of a suicide.”

Police said there were no discernible signs of “struggle or foul play” at the scene, adding it was “consistent with a suicide.”

Jon Hagar, a Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office investigator, “concurred that the death was consistent with a suicide,” police said.

Hagar “assumed custody of the as yet unidentified body.” The “final cause and manner of death are pending autopsy,” according to police.

Atlanta Crime Scene Unit investigators photographed the scene, police said.


3. The City’s Mayor Has Referred the Case to the FBI

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. (Getty)

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. (Getty)

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying the city has referred the case to the FBI:

I am deeply saddened by the loss of a young man’s life last night in Piedmont Park. This disturbing event demands our full attention. The Atlanta Police Department (APD) is conducting a robust investigation into his death and I have asked to receive regular briefings on the status of the investigation. We have also referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Everything we have seen suggests that there was no foul play involved, but I want to state clearly and unequivocally that we will not prejudge the circumstances surrounding this young man’s death. APD will share all evidence discovered in the course of the investigation. We ask for the public’s support and cooperation as we work to resolve this matter.

The FBI and the Department of Justice have not yet commented.


4. Many On Social Media Were Suspicious And Demanded More News Coverage

https://twitter.com/Glam_Mari/status/751103775381655552

Despite the police statement and the medical examiner, once the story broke on social media, many were immediately suspicious. People quickly took to tweeting and retweeting thoughts, and eventually made #PiedmontParkHanging a trending topic. Many are hypothesizing that the hanging was not a suicide, and believe it to be a lynching. They have also been demanding news coverage of the incident, which had been slow to start.


5. Multiple Accounts on Twitter Claim the KKK Was in Piedmont Park the Night Before

Piedmont Park, hanging, Atlanta, KKK

KKK flag. (Getty)

What has made many on social media most suspicious, particularly those local to Atlanta, are multiple accounts that claim the Ku Klux Klan was actually in and near the park that night. These accounts claim that they were handing out flyers in the area. The KKK is synonymous with racially motivated violence, and people started wondering if there was more to the story, and if it involved the Klan or not.

https://twitter.com/_vicivdri/status/751083699303702529
https://twitter.com/magicbrowngirl/status/751097021285752832

Others have pointed toward claims that the park is closed.

With a man found hanging from a tree and news of it breaking, many are claiming that Piedmont Park is currently closed.

Not long after initial reports of the park being closed, people began sharing screenshots of Google, which currently says that the park is “permanently closed.” As of this writing, typing Piedmont Park into Google still leads to Google Maps saying the park is permanently closed.

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102 Comments

Ethan

Flyer says Buchanan, Virginia. I currently live out west, but I grew up in Roanoke, Virginia which is about 15 minutes from Buchanan (same area code 540). I am a White male in my mid twenties & I can testify that region of Virginia has more than it’s fair share of racists. Very close minded people in that town & the KKK is absolutely still a thing out there. Especially in Buchanan, Craig Co, & Catawba. Something needs to change, ASAP.

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Anonymous

Thanks Ethan for being honest with yourself and not being scared to tell the truth!

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bae

more bullshit black people please be smarter than this that man was killed and guess what there will be more to come, this war has started

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Kat

you sound as ignorant as they come, I hope you know that. Your ignorance won’t save you from the reality of the world around us.

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tick tock

Another opportunity for the real racists to riot. Is there proof that who ever was handing out flyers was legitimately with the KKK? People lie to further their agenda. This lying for an agenda has been pushed by Obama. The agenda is Whites are evil. He has tied all law enforcement hands. People lied in the Brown case, Gray case, Martin case, etc.

Every time something like this happens, like people sayingvthe KKK was handing out flyers, it ends up being a hoax; or the perpetrator is Black or Muslim doing these things against their own people to start violence against Whites. Every. Single. Time.

Black churches burning in the South – some were electrical problems, and the others were a Black male starting the fires to start violence against Whites. But the media pushed that it was White Supremacists burning down the churches.
A Mosque fire with racial slurs ended up being started by a Muslim to start violence against White Christians. The media pushed it was White Christians that did it
A gay Black man claimed a bakery put a gay slur on his cake and filed a racial and bigotry lawsuit. The bakery fought back. The gay Black admitted he faked the slur because he needed a way to get money for his debts. The media pushed it was White Christians who did it.

I do not believe the KKK was in the park until legitimately confirmed. And Blacks do kill other Blacks at a high rate, any way convenient. I bet this hanging is a suicide, or a death by other Blacks to incite violence. Sandra Bland hung herself in a jail cell. So, yeah, Blacks do hang themselves.

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ohitsdemi

The amount of ignorance in your comment is significant. People like you can’t believe that whites kill recklessly kill blacks just because of their skin color. The events you just stated are bull. None of this actually happened. No media can put the blame on a white man if it was originally a black man. Open your eyes maybe you can look past being racist.

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Marcia Brady

I guess black people shot themselves in church at the end of Bible Study in South Carolina. Sin, hate, and bigotry comes from Satan. Now I ask. Who is your savior???

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Lolarob

You were taught hate. Your parents helped make you retarded. .. seriously. I’m not talking about the people that are born with mental disabilities. I’m talking about mental retardation that is taught. You do not know how to love or show compassion, your brain clearly retards it. That Dallas situation was more than likely staged by the government. It fits their agenda.
See, when white males murder and rape( terrorize their own group) they don’t get the justice they deserve because it’s to support an agenda. What about the families that have to deal with their loved ones being sacrificed for “THAT AGENDA”? Where’s the justice for them?
It all comes full circle because those cops the government murdered in Dallas have to fit “That Agenda”. You hateful people are so ready to say👉 “ALL LIVES MATTER” 👉 YOUR LIFE DOESN’T MATTER IF YOUR LIFE IS AN AGENDA. THE HATRED, FEAR, AND ENVY IS SO STRONG, YOUR GROUP WILL SACRIFICE THEIR OWN.

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Kara

I wasn’t aware you could teach mental retardation? The correct term is now intellectually disabled btw. I take care of people who are intellectually disabled, they are amazing individuals. Your comment is offensive and ignorant.

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Hos

I work in a hospital, MR for mental retardation is what is used in accordance with numbers as to what level MR they have. Ppl have taken the term and are using it as an insult but that is the current terminology used by doctors and medical personnel.

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Anonymous

And cops are shooting them and about 500 others in 2016 alone. I’m not condoning what happened to the officers in Dallas but don’t use that to discredit Black Lives Matter, peaceful protest or the systematic racism and oppression many black individuals face.

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Anonymous

About time an innocent cop got shot! Hate to say it! But innocent African Americans are being murdered!

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Oliver Ward

I don’t subscribe to any satan or savior stuff but I do know what stinks and something about this man hanging smells really foul. KKK or whatever, something bad happened. No doubt about that. We can speculate till we are blue in the face. Just know that what happens in the dark will come to light eventually. Personally what I believe is not any indication of what truly happened…but I do believe it is a funny coincidence of KKK passing out flyers in the same area and next thing you know a black man is hanging from a tree. The other side of that coin is the authorities really don’t give a damn. That right there allows me to think the worst. 1 and 1 equals 2.

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RicXh

You’re a douche to say the least but it’s not your fault… You are the epitome of ignorance. You are how uneducated sheep get turned into hateful bigots. You have not one single piece of viable proof for anything you’ve typed yet you preach it as gospel… Wake up and understand it’s not whites vs blacks, dems vs reps, or even you vs me. It’s money vs no money. The people/corps with money are the ones pushing agendas. Politicians don’t “lobby” to themselves. Take a moment from being a douche to look at human nature before your own time and you will see that this has been the struggle plaguing mankind from the start of recorded history…. You douche.

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Chevy

You sound retarded. No black man is going to bomb a black church to start a war with whites. He’d bomb a WHITE CHURCH. You sound like a lawyer for the KKK. your next career maybe?

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Anonymous

But they will kill you for your on shit you work for or just out of hate. And kick in your door black on black crime the worst

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Shawn Shadid Lewis

Whites also kill other Whites at a high rate, in fact all racial groups kill each other at high rates, so please stop using that BS deflection tactic.

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Anonymous

It’s at the same percentage. However the black population commits homicide at nearly three times the rate of the white population

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Anonymous

You are seriously demented. I will pray for you and others of your kind who don’t see that all these events are a problem.

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Anonymous

your the racist and might I added a fool so you can’t argue with a fool yes some blacks may commit suicide but I never heard of anyone killing themselves to inflict violence on another group of people. look up the statistics from the justice department on white on white crime it’s just as high -do some research before you go on your ignorant yelling rant!

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Dray

You are pretty ignorant. Not to mention Sandra bland DID NOT HANG HERSELF as she knew the violence with police brutality was rising, she even made a VIDEO saying she would never kill herself and if she winds up dead to know it had to have been someone else. In this case it was the police. She was dead in her mugshot, look it up, compare how her shoulders and face in the jaw area looks relaxed and laid back as if shes, well. Laid back! You have a bunch of distractions in your arguement and informal fallacies. But none of them amount to an actual debate. Just like how we “can’t assume the kkk did it”, what makes you think it’s a bright idea to assume other blacks did it, let alone himself do it without actual investigation? You contradict yourself. Even if some people do (for whatever theoretical reason) go against their own to start needless violence, THAT DOES NOT change the fact the KKK exists. Which is more logical to you? Atleast the common people are atempting to be intellectual using what they know and not just rambling about made up mumbo jumbo. You listed no real evidence to these cases of a black man bombing a black church and vice versa, you just made it up to further your point. Take the hint

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MellowGold

LMAO. Here in Europe the stereotype is that southern, white Americans are the ones who go crazy with conspiracy theories — but looking at these comments, it’s obviously blacks. The KKK hasn’t killed anyone for decades and people commit suicide every single minute. To actually imply that the Klan killed this man – *despite* the police saying there was no evidence of foul play – is just mind numbingly retarded.

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Southern girl

Don’t believe that for a minute. The kkk is very much active and kill in the smaller towns in the southern states. Sometimes they are even the local police and kill people, you just didn’t hear about it until now with the help of smartphones.

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Buddy Truth

White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a study by the New America Foundation. The Washington-based research organization did a review of “terror” attacks on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001 and found that most of them were carried out by radical anti-government groups or white supremacists.
Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. And there are no drones dropping bombs on gatherings of military-age males in the country’s lawless border regions.
Attacks by right-wing groups get comparatively little coverage in the news media. Most people will struggle to remember the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people in 2012. A man who associated with neo-Nazi groups carried out that shooting. There was also the married couple in Las Vegas who walked into a pizza shop and murdered two police officers. They left a swastika on one of the bodies before killing a third person in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Such attacks are not limited to one part of the country. In 2011, two white supremacists went on a shooting spree in the Pacific Northwest, killing four people.
More from GlobalPost: Turns out people get angry when you say white Americans are terrorists, too
Terrorism is hard to define. But here is its basic meaning: ideological violence. In its study, the New America Foundation took a narrow view of what could be considered a terror attack. Most mass shootings, for instance, like Sandy Hook or the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting — both in 2012 — weren’t included. Also not included was the killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina earlier this year. The shooter was a neighbor and had strong opinions about religion. But he also had strong opinions about parking spaces and a history of anger issues. So that shooting was left off the list.
The killing of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina last week was included. The shooter made it clear that his motivation was an ideological belief that white people are superior to black people. The shooting has cast new light on the issue of right-wing terrorism in the United States. But since it can’t really use Special Forces or Predator drones on US soil, it remains unclear how the government will respond.

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Buddy Truth

White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a study by the New America Foundation. The Washington-based research organization did a review of “terror” attacks on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001 and found that most of them were carried out by radical anti-government groups or white supremacists.
Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. And there are no drones dropping bombs on gatherings of military-age males in the country’s lawless border regions.
Attacks by right-wing groups get comparatively little coverage in the news media. Most people will struggle to remember the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people in 2012. A man who associated with neo-Nazi groups carried out that shooting. There was also the married couple in Las Vegas who walked into a pizza shop and murdered two police officers. They left a swastika on one of the bodies before killing a third person in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Such attacks are not limited to one part of the country. In 2011, two white supremacists went on a shooting spree in the Pacific Northwest, killing four people.
More from GlobalPost: Turns out people get angry when you say white Americans are terrorists, too
Terrorism is hard to define. But here is its basic meaning: ideological violence. In its study, the New America Foundation took a narrow view of what could be considered a terror attack. Most mass shootings, for instance, like Sandy Hook or the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting — both in 2012 — weren’t included. Also not included was the killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina earlier this year. The shooter was a neighbor and had strong opinions about religion. But he also had strong opinions about parking spaces and a history of anger issues. So that shooting was left off the list.
The killing of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina last week was included. The shooter made it clear that his motivation was an ideological belief that white people are superior to black people. The shooting has cast new light on the issue of right-wing terrorism in the United States. But since it can’t really use Special Forces or Predator drones on US soil, it remains unclear how the government will respond.

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Atlanta Born

The media reports information to hide what really happens all the time! Pay attention! I believe the young man in Piedmont Park was murdered!! By who exactly…….. the cameras in the park will reveal what truely occurred. I haven’t heard anyone suggest reviewing the countless cameras in the park. Just remember the media presented so much information about Mike Vick and the dog scandal!!!!! Meanwhile in Alabama white people were shooting dogs in the head that lost at the dog track. There wasn’t much publicity about those numerous proven crimes!!! And furthermore, if you do your research, you will discover that there were many lynchings in Piedmont Park during the late 1800s and early 1900s. No suicides!!

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BlackAmerican

What type of demented logic is this? Your “facts” are not facts. So the real life racism that my people face on an everyday basis is being created by our own race? There’s a black man pulling all these strings creating all these unjust laws, giving my people 2x the centencing price as Caucasian? There’s documented proof and history on how it’s the white man’s job to try and conquer and destroy other people’s cultures. Why do they have to feel like their superior? Why do they want power so much? It’s disgusting and sick.

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Oliver Ward

The guy is a fool. Not really worth the effort to respond to. A blooming idiot I say.

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Anonymous

Blacks would have shot him, or robbed him. These things have been going on for centuries. Read your Black History, Blacks in Slavery. The world is coming.to an end, and we haven’t seen nothing yet.

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Oliver Ward

Nobody cares what you don’t believe legitimately or otherwise. You write like some demented six year old with serious mental issues. Please get psychiatric help as soon as possible.

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James nelson

This is very true,let us wait until the feds complete their investigation before we come to any conclusions.

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Anonymous

Bitch hang yourself if you really think it happen like that an this coming out of a cracker mouth!!!!

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Anonymous

Do your research and you will see the KKK is making a comeback in the Northern Georgia region

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Coach

You sound super ignorant! You will never defend that sorry argument in a real debate. The War on Drugs, Racial Profiling, ect. These are programs/ that have been identified and used against people of color. FACT. There are two types of people in this life. Those who build and then those who tear down. I can tell what you do.

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Ron Paul

“Multiple accounts say KKK were present in the area” Oh, you mean that ONE account that had a KKK flyer from VIRGINIA? Every other tweet there was hear say that had 0 evidence. What about 3 weeks ago when the “neo nazi” group were stabbed. Do you not think there’d be videos, pictures, attacks on the KKK members “handing out flyers” in a public park?

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Buddy Truth

THings would be great when your innocent child or very close relative is tagged and bagged. Hopefully, Dallas starts the fires of hell. Then maybe white people can stay out of the sun and tanning beds, getting skin cancer, trying to get darker like the people they hate so much. Guns were your weapons to control in early 1900s.. Now the weapons have changed hands.. Black on black homicide is boot camp training for the soldiers who will turn WHITE to RED.. and NOT just your NECKS…….

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Atlantan

Piedmont Park is not permanently closed. That is absolute foolishness.

It is the most popular park in the city. I went there last weekend

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Anonymous

I live right next to the park and rode my bike through it just now to check out these claims, the park is very much NOT closed. People using it just like they do every other day of the week.

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RicXh

Kat your ignorance lies in your lack of understanding of the reality you’re really in. You don’t want to believe there is war. You and many like you don’t want to believe racism, classism, socialism still not only exist but are thriving because of people like you. All that it take for evil to prosper if for good men t do nothing. There is a war and if your not fighting against it you’re being used as a weapon for it.

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crazy

I wonder if donald trump has anything to say about these domestic terrorists racist radical group also known as the kkk

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Buddy Truth

White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a study by the New America Foundation. The Washington-based research organization did a review of “terror” attacks on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001 and found that most of them were carried out by radical anti-government groups or white supremacists.
Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. And there are no drones dropping bombs on gatherings of military-age males in the country’s lawless border regions.
Attacks by right-wing groups get comparatively little coverage in the news media. Most people will struggle to remember the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people in 2012. A man who associated with neo-Nazi groups carried out that shooting. There was also the married couple in Las Vegas who walked into a pizza shop and murdered two police officers. They left a swastika on one of the bodies before killing a third person in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Such attacks are not limited to one part of the country. In 2011, two white supremacists went on a shooting spree in the Pacific Northwest, killing four people.
More from GlobalPost: Turns out people get angry when you say white Americans are terrorists, too
Terrorism is hard to define. But here is its basic meaning: ideological violence. In its study, the New America Foundation took a narrow view of what could be considered a terror attack. Most mass shootings, for instance, like Sandy Hook or the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting — both in 2012 — weren’t included. Also not included was the killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina earlier this year. The shooter was a neighbor and had strong opinions about religion. But he also had strong opinions about parking spaces and a history of anger issues. So that shooting was left off the list.
The killing of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina last week was included. The shooter made it clear that his motivation was an ideological belief that white people are superior to black people. The shooting has cast new light on the issue of right-wing terrorism in the United States. But since it can’t really use Special Forces or Predator drones on US soil, it remains unclear how the government will respond.

GOOGLE IT YOURSELF IF YOU DONT BELIEVE

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Mmcleant78

The tweeted KKK flyer wasn’t from Piedmont Park, it was tweeted out by a woman in VA to underscore that the KKK do still exist. Then somebody retweeted it saying this BS about the KKK in the park. Just your typical rumor mill BS.

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Roderick Stewart

I biked about 10 miles there today, so it definitely wasnt closed. I found out about the hanging, but totally was out of sight and mind about it.

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LetsChangeThings

While this is obviously very sad, we shouldnt be focused on race. Fighting for equal treatment means that we should be sad that its the death of a human, not a black human. This is also in reference to the recent shootings. White people are also killed but they dont turn it into a race issue. Mourn the loss of a human regardless of skin color. The law enforcement system as a whole needs to be de-militarized and unfortunately we are finding that out the hard way. Also the police released a cause of death saying there would be further investigation….they do that a lot. It doesnt mean theyre not looking into it, they just dont want to cause unnecessary panic.

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Merry

If this young man committed suicide or there was foul play involve in his death, my prayers go out to his family and loved ones. I pray he is in a better place now, where everyone loves one another, there is no hate. Only love and understanding. I think that is what is important rite now to be there for his loved ones in any way we can. Causing more pain, or violence can not possibly be helpful. The violence has to stop. I’m not perfect, I have friends of all races that I love dearly, but I don’t like every person I meet of other races, backgrounds, religions or whatever it is that makes them different from myself. Thats not because the color of their skin or where they’re from. It’s because of the way they treat me or act towards me. It may be something that I just find annoying, hey Im human or it may be they make me feel uncomfortable, like they didn’t care to give me a chance and that’s fine too, they don’t have to like me or want to know me. Bottom line life is too short to deal with jerks. I am not a holy roller, I can be the life of the party. I know one thing, it’s beyond faith for me, it’s a fact God made us all. We are family, we are suppose to love each other. God gave us free will, so that’s why we mess it up. I’m praying for all my brothers and sisters to try and love each other and stop hurting and killing each other no matter what the color of your skin or where you were born, we all have the same heavenly father no matter what name you call him by. Peace

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Lazy Media

This is silly. If the KKK were handing out flyers in Piedmont Park, there would be photo and video all over Twitter, followed very swiftly by a crowdsourced beatdown. Also, people kill themselves all the time.

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Buddy Truth

White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a study by the New America Foundation. The Washington-based research organization did a review of “terror” attacks on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001 and found that most of them were carried out by radical anti-government groups or white supremacists.
Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. And there are no drones dropping bombs on gatherings of military-age males in the country’s lawless border regions.
Attacks by right-wing groups get comparatively little coverage in the news media. Most people will struggle to remember the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people in 2012. A man who associated with neo-Nazi groups carried out that shooting. There was also the married couple in Las Vegas who walked into a pizza shop and murdered two police officers. They left a swastika on one of the bodies before killing a third person in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Such attacks are not limited to one part of the country. In 2011, two white supremacists went on a shooting spree in the Pacific Northwest, killing four people.
More from GlobalPost: Turns out people get angry when you say white Americans are terrorists, too
Terrorism is hard to define. But here is its basic meaning: ideological violence. In its study, the New America Foundation took a narrow view of what could be considered a terror attack. Most mass shootings, for instance, like Sandy Hook or the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting — both in 2012 — weren’t included. Also not included was the killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina earlier this year. The shooter was a neighbor and had strong opinions about religion. But he also had strong opinions about parking spaces and a history of anger issues. So that shooting was left off the list.
The killing of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina last week was included. The shooter made it clear that his motivation was an ideological belief that white people are superior to black people. The shooting has cast new light on the issue of right-wing terrorism in the United States. But since it can’t really use Special Forces or Predator drones on US soil, it remains unclear how the government will respond.

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LB

I don’t believe a word… keep “investigating”…Hold on, Atlanta. You’re in for a bumpy ride.

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Hannah

Can you imagine what would happen in this city if this was murder by lynching!!! The police and mayor are really trying to keep things calm with all that is going on in Dallas, MN, and Louisiana. However, you can bet neither is going to just shrug it off because if this is a hanging, the city / state has a serous probably a head of them.

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Kenny Doyle

#whitelifematter white man gets shot by cops no one’s really say anything but now a black man gets shot by cops we have a race riot how is that equal rights? #mylifematters

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Anonymous

I live about 150 feet from the entrance to Piedmont Park. I go past the tree where this person was found – probably several times a day. Usually to go to the pool, bring my kids to daycare, or bring my kids to the playground. I have NEVER seen any signs of the KKK in what is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Atlanta. The neighborhood is as inclusive and integrated as any in the country. The park is open. And there’s been no signs of any foul play in the area. People should let the police here (a diverse group in of themselves) do their jobs. While suicide is tragic, it seems far more likely than a lynching in Midtown Atlanta.

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Buddy Truth

The times call for blood shed to bring change. The new millennium civil war is brewing and the kettle is soon to whistle. Until the pale white horse see that blood shed is inevitable and impartial, there will be no mental change. GOD bless the innocent lives of so many soon to be lost over “”Supremacy” & the Privileged!!!!! The beasts of evil has been unleashed. Things wont seem normal until WHITE bodies are mysteriously the casualty of hate. Ground Zero= Dallas, TX

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Buddy Truth

White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a study by the New America Foundation. The Washington-based research organization did a review of “terror” attacks on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001 and found that most of them were carried out by radical anti-government groups or white supremacists.
Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. And there are no drones dropping bombs on gatherings of military-age males in the country’s lawless border regions.
Attacks by right-wing groups get comparatively little coverage in the news media. Most people will struggle to remember the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people in 2012. A man who associated with neo-Nazi groups carried out that shooting. There was also the married couple in Las Vegas who walked into a pizza shop and murdered two police officers. They left a swastika on one of the bodies before killing a third person in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Such attacks are not limited to one part of the country. In 2011, two white supremacists went on a shooting spree in the Pacific Northwest, killing four people.
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Terrorism is hard to define. But here is its basic meaning: ideological violence. In its study, the New America Foundation took a narrow view of what could be considered a terror attack. Most mass shootings, for instance, like Sandy Hook or the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting — both in 2012 — weren’t included. Also not included was the killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina earlier this year. The shooter was a neighbor and had strong opinions about religion. But he also had strong opinions about parking spaces and a history of anger issues. So that shooting was left off the list.
The killing of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina last week was included. The shooter made it clear that his motivation was an ideological belief that white people are superior to black people. The shooting has cast new light on the issue of right-wing terrorism in the United States. But since it can’t really use Special Forces or Predator drones on US soil, it remains unclear how the government will respond.

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Buddy Truth

White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a study by the New America Foundation. The Washington-based research organization did a review of “terror” attacks on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001 and found that most of them were carried out by radical anti-government groups or white supremacists.
Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. And there are no drones dropping bombs on gatherings of military-age males in the country’s lawless border regions.
Attacks by right-wing groups get comparatively little coverage in the news media. Most people will struggle to remember the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people in 2012. A man who associated with neo-Nazi groups carried out that shooting. There was also the married couple in Las Vegas who walked into a pizza shop and murdered two police officers. They left a swastika on one of the bodies before killing a third person in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Such attacks are not limited to one part of the country. In 2011, two white supremacists went on a shooting spree in the Pacific Northwest, killing four people.
More from GlobalPost: Turns out people get angry when you say white Americans are terrorists, too
Terrorism is hard to define. But here is its basic meaning: ideological violence. In its study, the New America Foundation took a narrow view of what could be considered a terror attack. Most mass shootings, for instance, like Sandy Hook or the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting — both in 2012 — weren’t included. Also not included was the killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina earlier this year. The shooter was a neighbor and had strong opinions about religion. But he also had strong opinions about parking spaces and a history of anger issues. So that shooting was left off the list.
The killing of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina last week was included. The shooter made it clear that his motivation was an ideological belief that white people are superior to black people. The shooting has cast new light on the issue of right-wing terrorism in the United States. But since it can’t really use Special Forces or Predator drones on US soil, it remains unclear how the government will respond.

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Introvert4Areason

Your facts about the amount of people killed by non Muslims on US soil lost me in your rant.

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Deborah

While the media is making its weak attack to vilify Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, neither of these fathers were committing a crime at the time of their murders. Does their past (whether true or fictitious) warrant death?

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Introvert4Areason

Has anyone ever heard of escalation? Bueller? Anyone? That’s all people exchanging rounds are succeeding in doing. KNOCK IT OFF.

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Madashell

OKAY!, So there was no signs of struggle. What if he was secretly poisoned with untraceable stuff, and then hanged!!??

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T

Bravo to his girlfriend who recorded and posted the video…without this peace,different story!!!

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Veronica

It doesn’t matter what report comes out, if it isn’t what the black community wants to hear then it’s a lie. Mean while blacks are killing blacks like crazy, but you won’t here that from the trouble making media.

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Veronica

Ok so the KKK was passing out flyers, but no one filmed it or confronted them? In Atlanta. Not buying it. The corner ruled it a suicide because there was no sign of struggle and marks where he climbed the tree. Guess it was planted evidence. Lol

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Anonymous

Really.. Yall travel in packs…so yall dont wanna snitch on tje KKK or….you cant handle

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Tess

This is so sad and sickening! I have many friends and numerous family members that are inter-racial. What are all those inter-racial kids suppose to do? There are numerous white people killed every day by whites, police, Mexican, blacks-but we don’t riot, kill in revenge, cause damage, incite war. Every single time one little incident happens to a black person; they use the racism card. What card should be given to my friend whose 28 yr. old son was shot and killed by a black robber? Just for a few dollars in his pocket? He didn’t deserve to die like that. My family members who are black; they worked and built a life they want. They don’t use racism or riot and that’s how it should be. These things turn people off, not make it better. I would be more supportive if they would handle themselves better. I’m white, but I get looked down on all the time-because I’m low class financially. I don’t like it, but I’m not going to riot over it. We need to pray together and work together. We have a black president, we have black leaders, we have black business people who worked their way up and doing well-are they rioting and claiming racism? When I had to re-learn how to walk after a devastating accident; I was depressed. I wanted to walk again. One of my nurses asked me how much I wanted to walk; and told me I would have to work towards it as it would not be handed to me on a silver platter. You want a better life, work towards it-its not going to be handed to you. You want certain issues looked at closer, work towards it. When you riot, call everything racist, use violence in response to violence-it just makes you look bad. Where we are at in life today; I don’t care if you are black, white, Mexican, or whatever; if you try to steal what little I have or threaten my family-I will defend myself and my family. I’m not one who will have anything more in my life than I have right now but I have to worry about my nieces, nephew, and cousins who are inter-racial-are you going to force them to choose one side of their family vs the other side? Or will they be ignored because they’re interracial? Stand for equal rights; stand for equal treatment; then work them out. All lives matter.

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Anonymous

Its very tragic that this happen so quickly and investigation was done rapidly but you have to remember people the kkk is in every system so of course they are going to cover the real clues about what is really going on a mass majority fear the kkk even community leaders and others and if the victim had ear buds in his ear he never seen or heard anything coming

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Maimou

Piedmont Park permanently closed according to the Google screenshot? Did anyone notice that it is listed as a DJ service? And did anybody think that Google may be wrong? Of course not. And one can’t leap to the conclusion that the young man was lynched. Mayor Reed is doing the smart thing and involving the FBI right away. As a Black man, he knows what the often horrific maybes are of being a young Black man in this world. The man could have been weighed down with all this hatred and violence, and decided there was no hope. It’s up to us to not make a mockery of his life by acting like there isn’t hope, and perpetuating the hatred.

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David Christian

I can assure you Piedmont Park is not closed. I saw these posts and hopped on my bike to check. I live less than a mile from the park on the Beltway. It’s open as always, probably a thousand or so people enjoying a beautiful is broiling hot summer afternoon.

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Chris

So then what’s the resolution? Kill some white people? Oh holdonbreaking news 5 African americsngang-members kill 20 or 1 African American gang member? Does that qualify as #blkmatters? Or is that only when a white guy kills a blk guy? Hold up. Muslims. Killing 60 gays. Who some where blk white Hispanics “brown” Asian “yellow??” An many other. Do they matter or does only the blk person qualify? Wait he was Muslim not white Chris. I’m over it. Let’s see what type of rioting this incident will cause. An this will be another example of yes I said it. One group destroying property to make a point. An dispite 60 GAY men being killed. I didn’t see one GAY extremist on TV AKA REC. Jessie Jackson supporting destruction.

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Vena Burnell

Timing is everthing!!! This was a bad time to report an actual hanging of a black man during which time the country was already in an uproar about the shootings. I do not know of many cases where the mayor responds to a case before investigation is underway. I was suspicious when he appeared in the news. If it was merely a suicide why even call in the big dawgs!! My opinion it was a hanging being covered up. They knew this country would have exploded with twice the size it was regarding the shootings.

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Snootch

The investigative abilities of racist blacks is quite comical. I love the automatic “white conspiracy” theories that immediately launch whenever a story does not match up with the racist black agenda. BLM = KKK

Also, for those of you who don’t know how to find Georgia, Virginia, or Africa on a map, spend some time learning about the distance between Buchanan, VA and Atlanta, GA. And while you’re at it, see if you can rationally discern just how far distant you are from Africa, slavery, and all the weird things you claim are going on all around you (but are ironically and conveniently hidden).

Not many cops are racist. Every BLM and KKK supporter is, though – 100%. Your conspiracy theories, lies, and propaganda show us that racism can only be brainwashed into the most gullible and stupid people, just like atheism and left-wing politics. (No wonder the three are so closely associated.)

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Anonymous

Read the book, Getting Away With Murder: The Twentieth-Century Struggle for Civil Rights in the U.S. Senate

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Ghengis Klan

The KKK will be the least of your worries if black on white crime by dindus doesn’t stop. 13% of the population is black, only 5% is fit for battle, do the math you double digit IQ niggs. Cut off food stamps, half the population starves. Whites will start fighting back if they keep getting attacked and society will turn it’s head and not feel any empathy for shit like BLM.

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Ollie

Taylor Swift is a fascist white supremacist she swallowed the KOKKK of Richard Spencer, Benoit Hamon and ANDREW ANGLIN and she voted for Adolf Trump TWICE. Taylor Swift the bde RACIST also listens to the necro music SEWER 2154 from the fascist site the DAILYSTORMER!!! Google “Taylor Swift SEWER 2154” and SEE FOR YOURSELF! The songs talk about ejaculating in the pussy of 13 year old GIRLS!!! BOYCOTT TAYLOR SWIFT to fight FASCISM and HATE!

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