Malcolm Harsch, a Black man discovered hanging from a tree in Victorville, California, died by obvious suicide, in line with new video proof.
Harsch, 38, was discovered lifeless on Might 31. His case had been being reviewed by the FBI and the Division of Justice after one other Black man, Robert Fuller, was discovered hung from a tree in Palmdale, California.
Police had been capable of acquire surveillance footage from a vacant constructing close to the place Harsch was discovered that “confirmed the absence of foul play,” in line with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division.
“The proof from the case, together with the surveillance video, was proven to the members of the family per their request,” the division mentioned in an announcement launched Friday evening.
“Though there stays no signal of foul play, the forensic pathologist is ready for toxicology outcomes earlier than assigning the trigger and method of loss of life.”
“After reviewing the location and precise video footage with detectives, it’s with a heavy coronary heart that we now know the trigger and method of loss of life,” mentioned an announcement issued by Harsch’s household, in line with the Related Press.
“We urge you all to proceed your efforts regarding the hanging deaths of African-Individuals. In the event you or somebody you understand could also be suicidal please search assist.”
In response to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division, Harsch’s girlfriend referred to as 911 shortly after 7:00 a.m. on Might 31 saying her boyfriend had hanged himself close to a homeless encampment. Members of the camp minimize Harsch’s physique down and tried to carry out CPR earlier than emergency responders arrived.
Harsch’s members of the family had initially questioned his method of loss of life.
“The Victorville police division has been making an attempt to report his loss of life as a suicide to the household,” Harsch’s sister, Harmonie Harsch, mentioned in a Fb put up. “Mr. Harsch’s household is on the lookout for solutions! These hangings of Black males in such shut perimeter, all dominated suicide can’t be coincidental!”
Within the wake of Harsch’s loss of life, protests had been held exterior Victorville Metropolis Corridor.
Harsch’s post-mortem was accomplished on June 12, which the Sheriff’s Division additionally mentioned pointed to no indicators of foul play.
Fuller’s loss of life on June 10 was additionally deemed a suicide however household and group members need extra data. The 2 cities are about 50 miles aside.
“We wish to discover out the reality of what actually occurred. The whole lot that they’ve been telling us has not been proper,” Diamond Alexander, Fuller’s sister, instructed a rally on Saturday in line with the Los Angeles Instances.
“My brother was not suicidal. My brother was a survivor.”
Fuller’s half brother, Terron Jammal Boone, was killed in a shootout with police in Los Angeles County on Wednesday. In response to a police assertion, Boone was pulled over for matching the outline of a kidnap and home assault suspect. When pulled over by police, Boone opened fireplace, and was killed by the officers.