Rasheem Carter was found dead last year under suspicious circumstances in Mississippi and new reports state he asked police for help twice, but they turned him away before his disappearance one month later, according to authorities.
According to MSNBC, Ben Crump, the attorney representing Carter’s family, said Rasheem, 25, went to the Taylorsville Police Department on two separate occasions regarding a group of white men that were following him in pickup trucks.
Crump said Carter, who filed a police report, asked officers for a ride to his hotel because he was afraid, but they told him no and said they are not a “taxi service,” MSNBC reported.
After his second visit to the police station, Carter allegedly called his mother and told her his phone battery was low. Carter pinned his location so a friend who lived nearby could pick him up, Crump said. However, when the friend came to that location hours later, Carter was nowhere to be found.
On Nov. 2, 2022, Carter’s remains were found “dismembered and scattered in the woods just a few miles from the Taylorsville Police Department where he twice sought help,” Crump said.
Carter, a welder, was in Taylorsville working on a contracting gig. That job ended when he and the business owner got into an argument, which led to Carter fearing for his life, Front Page Detectives previously reported.
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Despite Carter’s head being severed from his body and his remains being found in different locations, officials have said there was no foul play and they attributed it to animals, Crump stated.
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Carter’s family did work with a private investigator who determined Carter’s severed, decomposing penis was in his mouth and that his bones were broken and cut cleanly in a manner inconsistent with an animal attack, Front Page Detectives previously reported.
Crump has urged the Department of Justice to investigate Carter’s death, saying Mississippi is “unwillingly to investigate when a Black man is brutally killed” and “there should be no doubt that this was an act of murder, a hate crime – and a Mississippi lynching,” according to MSNBC.
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