The family of a black Florida man is calling for more scrutiny into his hanging death, insisting that authorities “cannot rule it a suicide immediately,” according to a report.
Nevan Baker, 22, was found dead shortly after 3:30 a.m. Oct. 5 after police received a call from someone who saw a man hanging from a tree in Orlando’s Barker Park, news station WESH reported.
Police said they were able to free Baker by cutting a white rope, but were unable to find a pulse once he was on the ground.
Officials said no foul play was suspected in the case and his death was ruled a suicide.
But Baker’s family said authorities were too quick to make that determination and want the case reopened.
“You cannot take lightly when a black person is found hanging from a tree. You cannot rule it a suicide immediately before you do a thorough investigation,” his grandmother, Francine James, told the outlet.