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The Suspicious Death of a Black Teen

Dec 13, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Independent Lens

This video is no longer available to view online. This is the first of a three-part series called “The Hanging,” which focuses on the details surrounding the death of Lennon Lacy in Bladenboro, North Carolina. The 17-year-old was found hanging from a swing set in 2014, and while law enforcement and federal investigators ruled it a suicide, his family and the North Carolina NAACP remain unconvinced. They suspect it was murder. You can watch the second and third episodes here and here.

“The Hanging” is the result of a reporting project from Independent Lens on PBS, North Carolina’s UNC-TV, Orlando de Guzman, and WUNC reporter Leoneda Inge. This investigation was inspired by Always in Season, an upcoming documentary about the history of lynching in America, which includes an examination of the Lacy case.

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

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