Ga. Park Hanging Referred to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the scene, according to police. He is believed to be between 25 and 35 years old, and per a police report was found wearing earbuds and carrying a backpack.

The mayor said his decision to ask the FBI to partner on Piedmont Park investigation is not inconsistent with normal policy, nothing that the GBI works with the Atlanta Police Department to investigate any officer involved shooting. The suspected shooter was a U.S. Army veteran who wanted to kill white police officers in revenge for police killings of black Americans, police said.

One of the major reasons has to do with the fact that the man was found hanging in a spot known to be a popular Ku Klux Klan hangout.

While the name of the man has yet to be released, the Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, has since turned the investigation over to the FBI.

'The Atlanta Police Department is conducting a robust investigation into his death and I have asked to receive regular briefings on the status of the investigation.

"We have reviewed our video cameras, we have spoken to a number of individuals and we have not found any evidence that the KKK was in Piedmont Park distributing materials", said Reed.

Social media users tweeted that KKK members had been passing out flyers in the park that night and are known to often frequent the park. He said his heart goes out to the folks in Dallas struggling with deaths and injuries there. "Everyone out protesting needs to treat each other civilly".

Could out of control gun violence happen in Atlanta, the progressive city known as the "Capitol of the Southeast" or as the so-called "Black Mecca" or the "Hollywood of the South".

He said he is thankful for "a sense of reason" in Atlanta.

Thousands of protestors marched through downtown Atlanta Friday to protest recent police shootings.

Local law enforcement, however, claimed otherwise.

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