A US civil rights attorney is questioning whether a 16-year-old black girl allegedly found hanging from a tree in Massachusetts was lynched by bullies.
The body of Mikayla Miller, 16, was found by a jogger in woods about a mile from her home in Hopkinton on April 17 but the incident was ruled as a suicide by a medical examiner on Tuesday.
However, her family refuse to believe she took her own life as she had been attacked by a group of five white teens just hours before.
Ben Crump, who is famous for representing the family of George Floyd called the death 'suspicious' in a press conference on Wednesday, where he revealed he is now representing Miller's family.
He said: "What the family of Mikayla Miller want to know is, was she lynched?
"And if she was, why aren't we saying that? They do not believe she committed suicide, as has been quickly determined by the local officials.
"So, that's why we have a national community of people who care about the life and the dignity of black people starting to look into this matter."
Police said Miller was hanging from a tree. However, Crump claims the suicide theory "defies common sense" after the girl's mum shed light on an alleged attack on Mikayla.
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Miller's mother, Calvina Strothers, claims her family has faced "disrespect, slammed doors, misdirection, glaring inconsistencies, extreme confusion, and ultimately, silence" from authorities as she accused them of being "completely incapable of properly investigating this case."
Strothers has discussed the alleged attack as she claims her daughter was confronted by five white teens hours before her presumed death.
Miller was reportedly found with a thin black belt around her neck but her family say she didn't own the item.
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Police were called to Miller's home after the attack and found she had been punched in the face. Officers went to the homes of those involved in the fight and took statements.
However, a preliminary investigation found that all five of the teens involved were elsewhere later in the evening, according to Ryan´s office.
Investigators used cell phone data and witness accounts to confirm the teens' whereabouts.
.The family, alongside Ben Crump, are now calling for an independent investigation led by the FBI.
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