ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Latest on social media speculation after St. Paul man hanged himself. (all times local):
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.
Police and relatives of a Minnesota man who officials say hanged himself in a city park want the public to stop sharing photos of his death that have sparked social media speculation that he was the victim of a hate crime.
St. Paul police say a passerby discovered 50-year-old Michael Bringle hanging from a tree early Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports a Facebook post that featured a photo of Bringle included speculation that the man was black and that his hands were tied behind his back. Bringle was white.
The post has been shared thousands of times.
The Ramsey County medical examiner says there’s no evidence the death was anything other than a suicide. St. Paul Police Sgt. Mike Ernster called the post disgusting.
Bringle’s sister, Kelly Brown-Rozowski, said at a press conference that her brother should be remembered as a kind person and the rumors only compounded their tragedy.