(PALMDALE, Calif.) — Authorities within the Southern California metropolis of Palmdale are investigating the loss of life of a 24-year-old Black man discovered hanging from a tree close to Metropolis Corridor, which they initially described as an obvious suicide, prompting outrage in the neighborhood.
A passerby reported seeing Robert Fuller’s physique round three a.m. Wednesday. Emergency personnel responded and located that he appeared to have died by suicide, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers mentioned.
Fuller’s loss of life has generated intense scrutiny, particularly after nationwide protests rebuking the police killing of George Floyd.
On Saturday, a whole bunch of protesters took to the streets of the excessive desert metropolis of 150,000, marching from the park the place Fuller’s physique was discovered to the sheriff’s station. Many carried indicators that mentioned “Justice for Robert Fuller.”
Greater than 100,000 folks signed an internet petition demanding a full investigation into Fuller’s loss of life. Group members confronted metropolis officers at a contentious news briefing Friday, asking why they had been fast to label his loss of life a suicide and demanding an impartial post-mortem.
“I’ve doubts about what occurred,” Marisela Barajas, who went to the press convention and joined a crowd gathered on the tree the place Fuller’s physique was discovered, advised the Los Angeles Times.
“On their lonesome, in entrance of the Metropolis Corridor — it’s extra like an announcement,” she mentioned. “Even when it was a suicide, that in itself is sort of an announcement.”
Lt. Kelly Yagerlener of the county medical examiner-coroner’s workplace mentioned a call on the reason for loss of life is deferred pending an investigation. A full post-mortem is deliberate.
Residents demanded surveillance video across the time and place the place Fuller’s physique was discovered. Town mentioned there have been no out of doors cameras, and video recorders on a close-by site visitors sign couldn’t have captured what occurred.
Sheriff’s Capt. Ron Shaffer mentioned murder detectives had been investigating the circumstances resulting in Fuller’s loss of life to find out if foul play was concerned. He urged members of the general public to contact detectives if they’ve related info, significantly about the place Fuller had been and who he had been with in latest weeks.
Palmdale officers wrote in an announcement that investigators have been involved with Fuller’s household.
KPCC-FM studies that on the march Saturday, Fuller’s sister Diamond Alexander insisted her brother was not suicidal.
“Robert was a superb little brother to us and it’s like every thing they’ve been telling us has not been proper … and we simply wish to know the reality,” she mentioned.
Protesters held a second of silence and took a knee outdoors the sheriff’s station.
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