While Dallas mourns, not-so-bright Atlanta protesters stir up rumors of lynching

While the rest of the nation continued to mourn the loss of five law enforcement officers at the hands of a sniper in Dallas last week, 780 miles to the east, demonstrators in Atlanta protested the events that led up to the Dallas tragedy.

On Monday night, demonstrators took to the streets of Atlanta to protest not only the shooting deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota at the hands of police, but also the death of an unidentified black man found hanging in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on July 7.

The matter was referred to the FBI, but has since been debunked. The protesters marched to the governor’s mansion, chanting, “If we don’t get no justice, then they don’t get no sleep!”

They neglected to check with the governor’s schedule, however. He was not just out of town but out of the country, sleeping soundly, no doubt.

But while most of the attention was directed to the Minnesota and Louisiana shooting deaths, some said more should be concentrated on the hanging death.

Part of what led everyone to assume it was a lynching was the urban legend that Piedmont Park was used as a lynching site by the Ku Klux Klan.

But people weren’t necessarily buying it.

Investigators chalked it up to a suicide — not a KKK lynching. The Los Angeles Times reported:

There did not appear to be any struggle or any foul play,” a report stated. “The scene and the body seemed to coincide with a suicide.”

At a Friday news conference, Mayor [Kasim] Reed cautioned those spreading social media rumors of Klan involvement at Piedmont Park the night before the hanging. “I’ve been following Internet, social media chatter, and they’re just saying a bunch of things that are not true,” he told reporters. “We have reviewed our video cameras, we have spoken to a number of individuals, and we have not found any evidence that the KKK was in Piedmont Park distributing materials.”

 

Another Atlanta man, Lennin Johan Torres-Sepulveda, 38, was found hanging in a tree in Beachwood, Ohio, in May which was also claimed to be a lynching. However, his widow said it was suicide — Torres-Sepulveda sent her a photo he’d taken of himself with a noose around his neck just prior to taking his own life.

But many Atlanta residents are still convinced both are lynchings.

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