The family of a black man found dead hanging from a tree in California last month now believes his death was indeed a suicide.
The body of 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch was found around 7 a.m. on May 31 near a homeless encampment in Victorville.
Although police said the initial investigation showed no signs of foul play, the family demanded a thorough investigation.
There are many ways to die but considering the current racial tension, a Black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn’t sit well with us right now. We want justice, not comfortable excuses.
After reviewing evidence presented by investigators, the family now believes Malcolm Harsch’s death was indeed a suicide.
Najee Ali released a statement late Friday night:
Unfortunately, it seems he did take his own life. The Victorville Police Department officials released new video evidence to family members.
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Six people of color have died in a recent string of hangings across the country prompting serious concerns about possible lynchings.
May 27, 2020 – Otis “Titi” Gulley, 31, was found hanging from a tree in Rocky Butte Park in Portland, Oregon. Police ruled Titi’s death a suicide.
May 31, 2020 – Malcolm Harsch, 38, was found hanging from a tree near a homeless encampment in Victorville, California. Police said there appeared to be no foul play.
June 9, 2020 – Dominique Alexander, 27, was found hanging from a tree at Fort Tryon Park in New York. The state medical examiner has ruled his death a suicide.
June 10, 2020 – Robert Fuller, 24, was found hanging from a tree near Palmdale City Hall in California. Police do not suspect foul play.
June 15, 2020 – A Hispanic man was found hanging from a tree around 9:05 a.m. in the 2500 block of Ella Blvd. in Houston. Police do not suspect foul play.
June 16, 2020 – A 17-year-old was found hanging from a tree in the playground area of Ehrhardt Elementary School in Houston. Homicide investigators reviewed the school’s surveillance cameras and determined there were no signs of foul play.
My sincerest prayers to the family of Malcolm Harsch as well as the families of all the lives lost.
If you or someone you know struggles with suicidal thoughts, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).