A coroner’s inquest will review the hanging of a 32-year-old black man in the small, racially divided town of Belle Glade, Fla., the Associated Press reprots. The body of Feraris Golden was found hanging from a tree May 28 in his grandmother’s back yard, a work shirt tied around his neck. A police video shows officers cutting his body down with his arms hanging at his sides. But there are rumors in the farming community that Golden’s death was a lynching, and that he was found with his hands tied together. Two days after Golden’s body was discovered, the county medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.
“We’re not saying it’s a homicide. We’re not saying it’s a suicide,” said Linda Johnson, president of the Glades-area NAACP. “We just want to know the truth. There are still a lot of unanswered questions.”