Kinston History Negro Hanged Kinston Free Press Apr. 12, 1916

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Kinston Free Press Apr. 12, 1916 - ex-. PERFUNCTORY INVESTIGATION , . , NOT...
ex-. PERFUNCTORY INVESTIGATION , . , NOT SATISFYING. ' The first hearing in the investigation of the lynching of the negro, Joe Hlaok. taken from the Kinston jail by a mob lust week, failed to bring out any facts that were not already established. The hearing conducted before before Recorder Wooten by Solicitor Shaw Saturday was perfunctory and should be preliminary only to the real investigation. None of the witnesses examined could tell anything about the party who took ithe law into their own hands. The policemen on duty in Kinston, and who saw the assembly of the mob gathering could offer no evidence or clues which would assist thej)rosecution in placing the responsibility. It is- is- presumed that all of the numbers of the cars had been hidden from view and that, therefore, the lynchers were not only outlaws in the sense of murderers, but were operating cars apparently without license. The wonder is, if three policemen on duty in Kinston to preserve order, noted the arrival of a number of automobiles at an unseemly hour in tha morning, and tlje occupant of the pars were too numerous numerous for the trio of guardians of the peace to approach and ascertain the occasion for the assembly, why was not a riot call put in, so that the cr.izens of Kinston might respond and protect the good name of their community? This feature, however, is aside from the point that we started out to make inthis1 particular article. The Free Press is glad that the Solicitor asked for a continuance of the hearing, and that the usual verdict that the "victim came to his death at the hands of parties parties unknown" was not called for. The State should employ employ detectives and put them on the track pf the ring leaders of last Tuesday night's outrage. It is preposter ous to say that two or three hundred men could assemble, carry out their intentions and disperse after daylight to their various homes without their identity being known by some reputable witnesses, and the prosecuting officers are obligated not only legally, but morally, to bring into play every known method to ferret out and bring to justice justice the guilty ones, if it takes six months or a year to get sufficient evidence. There should be no let-up. let-up. let-up. The prosecution should go on. Let there be no white-washing white-washing white-washing white-washing in this case. The best citizens of this section and throughout the State will welcome the prosecution and adequate punishment of the guilty parties, and they are looking to the constituted prosecuting officials to go the full limit in the investigation. by was been the been from with idea that An New to Star: nor news and pen light few. two of

Clipped from The Kinston Free Press12 Apr 1916, WedPage 4

The Kinston Free Press (Kinston, North Carolina)12 Apr 1916, WedPage 4
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