Coroner: Man Hanging from Tree in Piedmont Park ‘Consistent with Suicide’


A man who was found hanging from a tree in Piedmont Park on Thursday may have committed suicide.

Police responding to Piedmont Park in midtown Atlanta around 5 a.m. found a man hanging from a rope in a tree near the Charles Allen Dr. gate.

Social media users — already fired up by cop shootings of 2 black men — referred to the hanging as a “modern day lynching.”

But police and the coroner, who are trained to assess such things, determined the man had committed suicide.

“There were no discernible signs of a struggle or foul play,” police spokesman Donald Hannah said. A “Fulton County medical examiner concurred that the death was consistent with a suicide.”

Mayor Kasim Reed referred the case to the FBI anyway.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a young man’s life last night in Piedmont Park,” Reed said. “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.”

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