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Two Separate Instances of Black Men Found Hanging from Trees in California

Malcolm Harsch and Robert Fuller

Malcolm Harsch and Robert Fuller

I’m going to have to use a famous John McEnroe (tennis player) quote and say, “You cannot be serious!”

On Wednesday, June 10, 24-year-old Robert Fuller, a black man, was found with a rope around his neck, hanging from a tree in Poncitlan Square in Palmdale, California and the police are saying it was a suicide and may have been due to the Coronavirus lockdown. There was a meeting held at Palmdale City Council on Friday, June 12.

Following is an excerpt from CNN: When a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department announced the preliminary findings of Fuller’s death during the news conference, outraged crowds demanded an investigation.

“We’re working hard to try to figure out exactly what happened,” Palmdale Mayor Steven D. Hofbauer shouted as he tried to calm people down. Attendees asked for camera footage of the incident, but a city official said there’s none.

Throughout the news conference, officials repeatedly called it an ongoing investigation, saying a full autopsy is underway. After the press conference, the city issued a statement saying it understands the community’s call for a full investigation into the death.

“We will fully cooperate with the Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County’s Coroner’s Offices, and any and all investigative agencies looking into the matter,” Hofbauer said. “We are awaiting all available details surrounding this tragedy. In addition, we are working with local community leaders to increase the dialogue on how we can best work together and build a safer and more inclusive community,” he added.

A full autopsy is expected to be conducted in the immediate future, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Malcolm Harsch

Malcolm Harsch

On May 31, in Victorville, California, 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch was found hanging from a tree near a homeless encampment with a USB cord around his neck and today (Saturday) the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said there was no indication of foul play. According to his family, Mr. Harsch had not been depressed.

Following is an excerpt from USA Today:

“He didn’t seem to be depressed to anyone who truly knew him,” the family said.

“Everyone who knew our brother was shocked to hear that he allegedly hung himself and don’t believe it to be true as well as the people who were there when his body was discovered.

“The explanation of suicide does not seem plausible,” the family added. More than 1,500 people have signed an online petition requesting the sheriff’s department and cities of Victorville and San Bernardino to conduct an investigation into his death. “There are many ways to die but considering the current racial tension, a Black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn’t sit well with us right now,” the family said. “We want justice, not comfortable excuses.”

So that’s what we (Blacks) are doing now, in the midst of racial tension and unrest? We’re hanging ourselves? I agree with Malcolm Harsch’s family; seeing and hearing all that has been going on lately, it’s not sitting well with me either and I think it’s no wonder the community in Palmdale is outraged, marched from the park where Fuller’s body was found to the Sheriff’s station and want an investigation, as does Malcolm Harsch’s family in Victorville.

We’ll have to see how these two situations unfold.

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Comment by Lukaso on June 15, 2020 at 5:12pm
Comment by mr1stroke on June 15, 2020 at 1:43pm
Lol now you know i was that going to let that slide, its too much going on, the murder in Georgia is so questionable if the idiots know the law, in that case that cop was suppose to be arrested even though he gave them reason to react by grabbing the officer's weapon something you do not do, but the law is the law, the cops had plenty of opportunity to assist him before it reached that level, but let see how bright they are, niggers are very intelligent so they claim, but they have no idea about their legal rights other than what the white men tell them, and they actually think this will stop, or should i ask how quick was that after George Floyd
Comment by caribmama on June 15, 2020 at 1:05pm

Yeah.....this one is suspect!

Comment by mr1stroke on June 15, 2020 at 12:51pm
Danny Ortiz lol last time in your last comment you said its not about black and white and you are from LA you never heard about racism, now youre telling on your sheriff department, which one is it
Comment by Danny Ortiz on June 15, 2020 at 11:52am

I’m from the Los Angeles area and I can say with almost certainty that the Palmdale/Lancaster area is known for its Ruthless Sheriffs department.... A few years back I remember reading an article how the sheriffs were raiding black homes and telling them to get the f*** out of the neighborhood. All these protest are just creating more racist!!! 

Comment by mr1stroke on June 15, 2020 at 1:56am
And this is how white people respond when they are pissed, niggers are afraid to fight, they can kill each other but never kill a white boy, they make all types of excuses why they cannot make white people suffer, they are so afraid of white people, those same people only know how to hate and they know how to torture black people, they will never stop hating black folks, only dumb slave niggers can argue that there are good white people and i always ask those niggers where are the good white people, where have they been? dont worry until niggers start fighting back white people will never stop killing, this is all they know how to destroy, where ever they go they destroy, white people are a curse to this world like niggers are a curse to black people
Comment by vaughn mitchell on June 14, 2020 at 8:47pm
Now they are labeling it suicide. Like who are they bullshitting, our ancestors were hanged
they did not commit suicide by hanging. So now they hang us where there is no camera, and they call it suicide. I wonder if it's cops pulling over black men and hanging them, because black men might not fight back because we are taught not to fight back.
Comment by caribmama on June 14, 2020 at 7:43pm

I've said it since they tried to kidnap that young 13 year old boy off the street. PLEASE BROTHERS.....WATCH YOUR BACK!!!!! There is a turning tide and they don't like it and the only way they can put fear in us is to snatch up our brothers and sisters. And you know law enforcement is not going to be any help in this. It's always going to be a suicide....just like they do in jail. 

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