Amid protests towards racial mistreatment and injustice throughout america, the household of a 24-year-old Black man discovered hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California have referred to as for solutions over his loss of life.
On Saturday, a whole bunch of individuals marched in Palmdale following the loss of life of Robert Fuller, who was discovered hanging from a tree close to Metropolis Corridor early on Wednesday. Throughout the demonstration, Los Angeles Supervisor Kathryn Barger formally referred to as for an investigation into the loss of life by the state’s lawyer normal.
Authorities initially stated Fuller’s loss of life gave the impression to be a suicide, however are awaiting the outcomes of an post-mortem. Group members have questioned how they got here to that dedication so rapidly.
“Every thing that they have been telling us has not been proper,” Fuller’s sister, Diamond Alexander, who was among the many protesters, stated, the New York Occasions reported. “We have been listening to one factor. Then we hear one other. And we simply wish to know the reality.”
“My brother was not suicidal. He wasn’t,” she added.
Protesters have taken to the streets often in small and main cities throughout the US for the reason that Might 25 loss of life of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after an officer in Minneapolis kneeled on his neck for almost 9 minutes. The 4 officers concerned within the loss of life have since been terminated and criminally charged.
The Friday night time killing of Rayshard Brooks, who was shot throughout a tussle with police in Atlanta after they have been referred to as on him for falling asleep in a quick meals drive-through restaurant lane, has additional stoked the unrest within the nation.
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Town of Palmdale, in a press release on Saturday, stated it “joined the household and the group’s name for justice, which features a full investigation into [Fuller’s] loss of life”.
“The Metropolis will accept nothing lower than a radical accounting of this matter,” the assertion stated.
In her assertion on Saturday, Los Angeles Supervisor Barger stated an unbiased investigation “will lend extra experience and oversight into this vital investigation and supply the group with the solutions they deserve”.
The responses come after group members confronted metropolis officers throughout a Friday night time information convention, in line with native media.
Throughout that assembly, many requested why authorities have been so fast to label the incident a suicide given the dearth of video cameras within the space to seize the loss of life, in line with the Los Angeles Occasions.
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Some group members additionally detailed examples of what they described as racism within the metropolis, together with the presence of Accomplice flags, the newspaper reported.
“We have now a historical past with nooses. We do not like ropes round our necks,” stated one man, in line with the newspaper, referencing the observe of white mobs committing extrajudicial killings of Black individuals, usually by hanging, that existed prominently within the US all through the 19th and 20th centuries.
Fuller’s loss of life has additionally introduced consideration to the loss of life of one other Black man discovered hanging from a tree on Might 31 in Victorville, a desert metropolis 72km (45 miles) east of Palmdale.
A sheriff’s spokeswoman informed the Victor Valley Information that foul play was not suspected in 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch’s loss of life, however the man’s household have additionally solid doubt on the findings and expressed fears the loss of life could be too rapidly labelled a suicide.
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