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Rep. Bennie Thompson asks FBI to probe death of gay, black Clarksdale mayoral candidate

A Mississippi congressman and a national civil rights group are demanding that the U.S. government investigate the slaying of openly gay, black Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian as a hate crime.

"At the request of the family, I have asked that the FBI review the circumstances and evidence of this case to determine whether a violation of federal law has occurred and provide any necessary assistance to local and state law enforcement officials," Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson said in a statement Tuesday.

Thompson's request came just hours after the National Black Justice Coalition filed a formal request to the U.S. Department of Justice seeking the same treatment.

CLarion Ledger
3/5/13

Posted March 6, 2013 - 1:40 pm

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