Family of Man Found Hanged in California Requests Independent Autopsy; 2nd Man Hanged 50 Miles Away

People light up candles as they gather during a vigil, around a makeshift memorial at the tree where Robert Fuller was found dead outside Palmdale City Hall on June 13, 2020, to demand a full investigation into the death of Robert Fuller.
People light up candles as they gather during a vigil, around a makeshift memorial at the tree where Robert Fuller was found dead outside Palmdale City Hall on June 13, 2020, to demand a full investigation into the death of Robert Fuller.
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The family of Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old man who was found hanging from a tree across City Hall in Palmdale, California last week, is seeking an independent autopsy after local police initially said he died by suicide.

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Protestors gathered in the square near City Hall where Fuller’s body was discovered to call for further investigation over the weekend, Buzzfeed reported.

“We really want to find out the truth of what really happened,” his sister Diamond Alexander said during the rally. “Everything that they’ve been telling us has not been right. ... My brother was not suicidal. He wasn’t.”

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City officials walked back their ruling that Fuller’s death was an apparent suicide and said they have opened up a homicide investigation into the case at a news briefing on Friday, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer says he has also written to California’s Attorney General seeking an additional independent investigation into the case.

Jamon Hicks, an attorney for the Fuller family, told Buzzfeed News they are now working to secure an independent autopsy. “The family is completely devastated,” he said. “They want answers. They want full disclosure. Most of all, they want to know that Mr. Fuller’s life mattered.”

Ironically, Fuller’s body was found close to City Hall, an area that many Palmdale residents had been protesting at as part of the national response to the killing of George Floyd, his attorney added.

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“This area is known for its skinheads and for having racial conflict and I would suspect that police would look into that as a potential narrative,” he told Buzzfeed. “The manner by which the body was found, not too far from City Hall in an area where there had been protests about Black Lives Matter and George Floyd, you can’t ignore that. That’s why you see such an outrage from the Black community.”

Fifty miles away, in Victorville, California, another family is pursuing their own investigation into the hanging death of their loved one.

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Local authorities have said they concluded an autopsy of 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch, whose body was found on May 31. But his family says they have not told been told the cause of death, according to the New York Times.

“It has been stressful. It doesn’t sound right.” his sister Harmonie Harsch told the Times. “We are really just trying to get more answers as to what happened.”

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At this time, it has not been reported if these two deaths are related.

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I saw these in the news the other day, one article pointed out similarities that were further astonishing and worthy of highlight because they add credence to the idea that, not only were these not suicides, but they were not independent acts:

  • Both men were found hanged from trees.
  • Both men were hanged near public buildings, Fuller hanged near Palmdale city hall, Harsch hanged near the Victorville city library.
  • Both men were hanged in view of municipal flags.
  • Both men were hanged in areas that weren’t covered by security cameras.

That sounds a lot like someone or ones lynching black men as a statement, which in a sane world would be categorized as acts of terrorism, but in our world barely make the news.

From what I know of the areas, Palmdale and Victorville are both meth country, both areas are full of white assholes who think life is trucks and guns and gravel lawns and side-eyeing everyone remotely different. I don’t know them to be racist areas, but they have a lot of markings of brewing racist types.

One person claimed, I believe, that Malcolm Harsch’s car was found in a different city, door opened, still running. That certainly doesn’t sound like it warrants a “suicide” report, it sounds like the FBI should be investigating instead of letting San Bernardino Sheriffs to shrug and pretend like black men aren’t getting lynched in their area.