Robert Fuller was a 24 year old black man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California at Poncitlán Square on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 around 4 A.M. His death is getting little to no news coverage by local news, and city officials have presumably ruled his death a suicide and linked his death to the COVID-19 pandemic without proof. During such a heightened time with the Black Lives Matter movement and the city’s quickness to call his death a suicide before any investigation, there is reason to believe that Robert’s death was a lynching.
Palmdale and the Antelope Valley as a whole have a history of racism and negligence. This is the same town where 8 year old Gabriel Fernandez was murdered. The city’s law enforcement and social workers failed to intervene to save his life.
We demand the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Palmdale Station and the City of Palmdale to conduct a full, thorough investigation into Robert’s death. We demand security footage in Poncitlán Square to be presented and audio of the call placed when his body was found. We demand justice to be served for Robert and his loved ones.