The loss of life of a black man discovered hanging from a tree, sparking fears that he had been lynched amid US anti-racism protests, has been dominated a suicide.
Robert Fuller, 24, had a historical past of psychological sickness and took his personal life, mentioned officers in Palmdale, California.
A autopsy examination had returned an preliminary discovering of suicide, however this was rejected by Mr Fuller’s household, prompting an additional investigation.
His loss of life final month got here amid protests over the loss of life of George Floyd.
In accordance with the Los Angeles Occasions, Mr Fuller had attended a Black Lives Matter protest on the eve of his loss of life.
The fatality on 10 June within the excessive desert metropolis of Palmdale, about 60 miles (96km) north of Los Angeles, shook the black group within the Antelope Valley.
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Some mentioned they feared it might have been a lynching, a homicide by a mob with no due course of or rule of legislation. Throughout the US, hundreds of African People had been lynched by white mobs, typically by hanging or torture, within the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Amid dissatisfaction over native authorities’ conclusion of suicide, it was introduced final month that the FBI’s civil rights division would evaluate investigations into the deaths of Mr Fuller and one other black man in related circumstances in southern California.
Mr Fuller’s household described him as somebody who loved music and video video games, and insisted he wouldn’t have taken his personal life.
1000’s of protesters who gathered the weekend after Mr Fuller’s loss of life demanded a radical investigation.
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On Thursday, Los Angeles sheriff commander Chris Marks advised a information convention that Mr Fuller had gone to a California hospital in February 2019 and mentioned he was listening to voices telling him to kill himself.
He additionally mentioned that Mr Fuller was handled at a hospital in Nevada final November for suicidal ideation.
“The medical expert issued their ultimate post-mortem report and delivered it to the sheriff’s division, and deemed this case to be a suicide,” Cmdr Marks mentioned.
The investigation discovered no proof of foul play, he added.
The opposite case that attracted widespread consideration was that of Malcolm Harsch, 37, who was discovered hanging from a tree at a homeless encampment in Victorville, 50 miles east of Palmdale, on 31 Might.
Native officers mentioned his loss of life was most likely a suicide.
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If you wish to discuss to somebody concerning the points raised on this piece, you’ll be able to name the US Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Disaster Textual content Line by texting TALK to 741741.
You’ll be able to name the UK Samaritans Helpline on 116 123 or go to samaritans.org.