12 December 2014
Last updated at 17:12
The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a black teenager in North Carolina previously ruled a suicide, a local prosecutor says.
Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging in Bladenboro, North Carolina, in August.
His family and a local civil rights group has called for a further inquiry into his death.
The state medical examiner initially ruled it a suicide based on reports from the police and the county coroner.
Lacy’s mother wrote an article in the Guardian in which she said the police investigation was unsatisfactory.
Bladen County District Attorney Jon David confirmed to Associated Press news agency on Friday that an FBI agent has been assigned to look into the case.
The North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has called for a federal investigation into Lacy’s death and is holding a rally on Saturday.