RIP: Frederick Jermaine Carter
From Takia White:
...It was Friday, Dec. 3, and the call David Jordan received came from a local police officer, who told him that a young black man, later identified as 26-year-old Frederick Jermaine Carter, was found hanging from a tree in North Greenwood.Suicide? Really? We're really supposed to stop and entertain that notion? And what's the whole "ruling it as a suicide even though we have a lot unanswered questions"? What type of police work is that? From Jesse Muhammed:
Upon his arrival in town, Jordan, who was born and raised in Leflore County, gained more details regarding the situation and quickly contacted the office of Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the Jackson Division. McMullen’s staff informed him that agents had already been dispatched to the area and were working with the local sheriff’s department.
After spending 45 minutes at the scene, Jordan, who spoke with the Tri-State Defender on Wednesday (Dec. 15), had questions:
“How did he (Carter) hang himself from a limb eight feet off the ground?”
He also wondered how Carter was able to cut the nylon chord used. Authorities found the rest of the chord in Carter’s pocket.
“A lot of unanswered questions,” said Jordan.
At the sheriff’s department, Jordan met Carter’s mother, who was there joined by a host of family members.
“I showed her the pictures and she said, ‘My baby didn’t do that’ and started crying,” said Jordan, recalling the conversation. “She said, ‘He loved life too much.’”
According to reports, the Leflore County Coroner’s Office performed a preliminary autopsy and declared Carter’s death a suicide. Calls to the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department had not been returned by press time.
Carter’s hanging death has garnered national attention, with those making inquiries including the NAACP, leaders from the Nation of Islam, the Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, and syndicated columnist Judge Greg Mathis.
“Most blacks don’t believe he hanged himself,” said Jordan. “There are some (people), of course, that say David Jordan is not a policeman (along with others) and they need to let the police do their job.”
Jordan said no one is hindering authorities from doing their jobs.
“Too much has happened in this area over the years to just treat this (as) business as usual,” said Jordan. “There’s gotta be some answers and we have not gotten answers.”
The “too much” Jordan refers to harkens back to1955 when the body of 14-year-old Emmett Till was found after he had been lynched and tossed into the Tallahatchie River. Greenwood is also the town in which Byron De La Beckwith, convicted murderer of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, was raised.
Leflore County Supervisor Preston Ratliff is questioning the reported suicide as well. “I have not made many public statements because I'm still waiting for more information but I do think it is strange that he would hang himself in such a remote area. The mere fact that a Black man is found hanging in a White neighborhood is disturbing based on the history of the Delta,” he said.All who are suprised by this, raise your hands.
According to Mr. Ratliff, Leflore County is approximately 65 percent Black and 35 percent White in population. He doesn't deny the racial problems in his area but points out that it's not as bad as it used to be.
“It's better than people think, but we still have a long way to go. I simply want the truth to come out in this hanging. If it is proven that this is the result of foul play, then those who are responsible need to be found,” said Mr. Ratliff.
“What attracted my attention was that it took place in this big field in a White community. I went to the scene and I didn't see any evidence that a struggle took place. The first autopsy says suicide but nobody believes that is the case,” said Dr. Eddie Carthan, who heads Good Samaritan Ecumenical Church in Tchula, Miss.
“I'm striving to look at this objectively. Right now we're not sure and we're still investigating,” he said.
“There is no sign that we could find whatsoever that anyone else was involved. I haven't seen anything to change my mind, and I'm looking really hard,” said Sheriff Banks to the media.
Blacks in the area don't see it the same way. “We can't have a young, Black man hanging and we just go back to business as usual. We can't sit by and let this go (on). People want stuff like this to get swept under the rug,” countered Mr. Jordan.
That's what the hell I thought. POC...are any of you sick of hearing the "that was so long ago; stuff like that doesn't even happen anymore" spiel? Moment of silence for Frederick, everyone. Let's raise our hands in supplication and pray to every god we can name that his murderers burn in hell for all eternity.