ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon met Monday with the mother and other family members of a local Black man found hanging from a tree in George Barker Park on October 5 to provide additional details about the investigation into his death.
What You Need To Know
- Investigation into hanging of Nevan Baker remains open, police say
- Orlando police chief met with Baker's family Monday
- Nevan Baker, 22, found dead October 5 in Orlando park
- Medical examiner ruled death a suicide, but family disputes that
"Some of the investigative details provided to family members include body worn camera video that showed Nevan’s hands were not tied behind his back and crime scene photos that illustrated Nevan (Baker) had no bruising on his body," according to a statement provided by police on Twitter.
UPDATE: Please see the statement below. pic.twitter.com/kZuejDWgis— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) October 12, 2020
The meeting came a day after high-powered civil rights attorney Ben Crump said in a tweet Sunday evening that Orlando Police were quick to rule Baker’s death a suicide, “but now we learn his hands were tied, teeth missing and face bruised.”
“We demand transparency and a comprehensive investigation so we know exactly what happened,” Crump continued.
Police said someone found Baker, 22, in George Barker Park just before 4 a.m. on October 5. The medical examiner ruled Baker’s death a suicide by hanging.
The police statement said the hanging remains under investigation and urged anyone with information to call police at 321-235-5300.
Baker’s family has disputed the medical examiner's report that said Baker's death was a suicide. They say Baker was found hanging from a tree, so they feel something far more sinister was at play.
“He would’ve never walked this far without his ID, so I know that somebody did something to my grandson,” said his grandmother, who added that Baker lived with her.
Loved ones held a memorial for Baker at the park Sunday evening.
“We all struggle with mental health issues…we’re not minimizing that,” one man said at the service. “But what we are saying is we need to rule out every single incident, rule out everything, so we know for sure what happened and we can get some closure for the family.”