FBI aiding inquiry of man's death after police encounter

AP News
Posted: Jul 14, 2015 9:10 PM

STONEWALL, Miss. (AP) — A prosecutor is asking residents of a small Mississippi town concerned about the death of a black man after a physical encounter with a white police officer to be patient with the investigation.

Clarke County District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell told a meeting Tuesday in Stonewall that inquiries into the July 8 death of Jonathan Sanders may not be complete until August or later.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says the FBI is aiding the investigation. Sanders died while driving a horse and buggy.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba, lawyer for Sanders' family, says relatives believe police are at fault.

MBI spokesman Warren Strain says Sanders' body has been returned to family members. He says autopsy results are being analyzed and he can't release a cause of death.

A funeral is scheduled for Saturday.