Police to anonymous tipster: please get back in touch

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Police in a central Louisiana city are asking an anonymous tipster to get back in touch with more information about the shooting death of a gay black man.

An Alexandria Police Department spokesman declined on Monday to say whether the tipster has done so since the request went out in a brief Facebook post Friday about the death of 29-year-old McKinsley Lincoln. Releasing any specific information might compromise the investigation and any future prosecution, Sgt. Josh Peppers, a department spokesman, said in an email.

Friday’s statement asked the person or person who submitted a recent anonymous tip to “please contact the detective division as more information is needed to assist in solving this case. You may continue to remain anonymous.”

News agencies report that Lincoln’s body was found May 15 on a street where a caller had reported an injured man. A department Facebook post that day did not identify him by name.

Lincoln’s family, which had filed a missing persons report earlier that day, became frustrated with police, the National Coalition for Black Justice said in a news release four days later.

“McKinsley is an openly gay man and was the target of harassment and discrimination,” his mother, Pamela Lincoln, told the civil rights group for black LGBTQ and same gender loving people.

According to the group’s statement, neighbors told Lincoln’s family that the death being reported on the news might be their son’s.

Peppers said the department “is actively and fervently working all aspects of Mr. Lincoln’s unfortunate death. We are working to exhaust every lead and process any information that is brought forth.”

Asked whether his death is being investigated as a hate crime, he wrote, “All aspects of any criminality are being considered to include the possibility of hate crime involvement.”

By: Associated Press

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