Black Lives Matter Apologizes over Photograph of Hanged Man
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Black Lives Matter Minneapolis has apologized on its Facebook page after sharing photos of a man who officials say hanged himself in a city park.
The post had sparked social media speculation that the man in the photo was black and that his hands were tied behind his back. Michael Bringle was white.
On the group's page Tuesday night, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis says it retracted its earlier statements after "more information came out & Mr.Bringle's family came forward." The group says "it became clear that this was an unfortunate incident caused by mental illness."
St. Paul police say a passerby discovered the 50-year-old Bringle hanging from a tree early Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.