California City Officials Call for Investigation Into Robert Fuller's Death After He Was Found Hanging From Tree

Palmdale city officials are supporting Robert Fuller's family by calling for an independent investigation and autopsy following his death being ruled a suicide.

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City officials in Palmdale, California, are calling for an independent investigation and autopsy for the death of Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old Black man who was found hanging from a tree near Palmdale City Hall earlier this week.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department initially tried to rule Fuller's death a suicide, but his family strongly believes he was lynched and has demanded a full investigation into what happened to him. The city of Palmdale eventually released a statement on Saturday afternoon saying that they stand by the Fuller family and will support the independent investigation.

Following the death of Mr. Robert Fuller, the City of Palmdale is officially supporting the call for an independent investigation and an independent autopsy of Mr. Fuller.
Read full statement here:

— Palmdale (@PalmdaleCity) June 13, 2020

 City officials also claimed there were no working security cameras where Fuller was found hung.

Robert Fuller's body was found lynched hanging from a tree NEAR CITY HALL! A GOVERNMENT BUILDING!

Palmdale Sheriff says there are no cameras around City Hall.



— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) June 13, 2020

Simple surveying of the area found, however, that there were several security cameras in the area where Fuller's body was found, and many are calling for the city to review that footage to find out what actually happened to him.

“The city said there were no outdoor cameras.” I counted four facing the tree where #RobertFuller was found in #palmdale. @palmdalesheriff, did you ask for the footage from Ochoa Digital? From Whispering Palms Apartments?

— Billy Jensen (@Billyjensen) June 13, 2020

This is also the second Black man that was found hanging from a tree in California within the last two months. On May 31, 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch was also found in hanging from a tree in Victorville, California, and his death was also ruled a suicide.

Two Black men found hanging from trees and are ruled as suicides, but family and friends beg to differ, and suspect lynching. On May 31st, 38-yr-old Malcolm Harsch found in Victorville, CA. On June 10th, 24-yr-old Robert Fuller found in Palmdale, CA. We need answers.

— Carrie (@AlliesBLM_) June 13, 2020

Stay vigilant. Two black men have been lynched in southern California in the last few days.

And Breonna Taylor's killers have STILL not been arrested.#BlackLivesMatter

— Rebecca Sun 孫洪美 (@therebeccasun) June 14, 2020

Countless people have spoken up and voiced their outrage towards Robert Fuller's death, starting a petition demanding the police department do a better investigation. Celebrities like Viola Davis and others have also taken to social media to send their condolences to the Fuller family and calling for justice.


— Jaden (@jaden) June 13, 2020

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