The family of Rasheem Carter is requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) take up the investigation more than four months after his dismembered remains were discovered in a forested location. Local officials were quick to rule out foul play from the start.
Early in October, according to WAPT, Rasheem vanished. The 25-year-old told his mother that he was being trailed by a gang of white group near Taylorsville, Mississippi, just before he vanished. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office stated that while the death was still being investigated, they had no cause to assume foul play was involved when his dismembered remains were subsequently discovered in early November.
NBC News reported that officials told three different family members that they think wild creatures may have been responsible for ripping Rasheem Carter’s body apart. Because Carter’s remains were severely decomposed, the medical examiner was unable to pinpoint a cause of death. Carter’s family, however, quickly disregarded the story and asked Ben Crump to support them in their fight for justice.
The civil rights lawyer highlighted the questionable nature of the scenario during a recent news conference, noting that Rasheem’s skull and spinal cord were located in two different locations.
“His head was severed from his body. His vertebrae, his spinal cord, was in another spot they discovered away from his severed head. Someone murdered Rasheem Carter, and we cannot let them get away with this. One thing is for certain: This was not a natural death. This represents a young man who was killed. What that tells us is this was a nefarious act, an evil act. Someone murdered Rasheem Carter, and we cannot let them get away with this.”
Crump said that the situation was “a Mississippi lynching in 2022.” These reasons are why Crump and the family want the DOJ to get involved. – Steve Sijenyi