LOS ANGELES — Federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are reviewing investigations into the deaths of two Black men who were recently found hanging in Southern California.
Sheriff’s officials have said there are no signs of foul play in the death of Robert Fuller last week in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles, or the death May 31 of Malcolm Harsch in Victorville, but investigations continue.
Fuller, 24, was found dead near Palmdale City Hall on Wednesday afternoon by a passerby, a sheriff’s official has said, and his death was initially ruled an apparent suicide.
On Monday, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, chief medical examiner-coroner for Los Angeles County, said the cause and manner of death would not be determined until other evidence is in, including toxicology results.
“The initial reports appeared to be consistent with a suicide,” Lucas said. “But we felt it prudent to roll that back and continue to look deeper.”
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Fuller’s family has said he was not suicidal. “We just want to know the truth,” his sister, Diamond Alexander, has said.
Weekend protests and rallies have called on officials to conduct a thorough investigation.