In fact, Weatherspoon’s death comes at a time when there have multiple suspected lynchings of Black and brown people nationwide amid protests against racism as well as police violence.
Weatherspoon’s family suspects racism is factoring into the Mount Pleasant Police Department’s decision against investigating the teenager’s death.
“This is clearly more than a accident,” one of the petition says before adding that Weatherspoon’s “family believes that because Nicky was black and everyone else was white they are not trying to investigate.
The Mount Pleasant Police Department’s social media channels had not addressed Weatherspoon’s death as of Monday morning.
While Weatherspoon was not killed from being hanged or being intentionally burned, how he died matters in the larger context of the racial uprisings and reckonings happening around the world and especially in the U.S.
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