A number of individuals of colour have been discovered hanging in wake of George Floyd’s police-involved demise, sparking investigations amid rising racial tensions throughout the nation.
The disturbing spate of hanging deaths have been reported in Texas, California and New York — and all have been dominated suicides, at the least initially.
The latest case was reported Wednesday when a black 17-year-old boy was discovered hanging from a tree within the playground space on the grounds of Ehrhardt Elementary Faculty in Spring, Texas, native authorities stated.
Officers minimize him down from the tree and carried out CPR on the teenager, who was pronounced useless minutes later.
“Murder investigators have been capable of evaluate faculty surveillance cameras and located no indicators of foul play on this tragic incident,” police stated. “The male had a historical past of suicide makes an attempt, with one try as lately as a couple of weeks in the past.”
Two days earlier, a Hispanic man was discovered hanging from a tree in Houston, KRIV reported. Residents and group leaders rapidly raised suspicions concerning the incident, however authorities say thus far there isn’t a proof of foul play.
“At the moment, the Medical Examiner’s workplace got here out and did a radical investigation and decided it was a Hispanic male almost definitely by suicide,” Commander Steve Spears, of the Houston Police Division, instructed the outlet. “In the event that they thought there was any foul play in any respect, the ME”s workplace, which isn’t related to the Houston Police Dept, would’ve contacted HPD and we’d’ve come out and despatched the entire murder crew out.”
However Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, stated she fears there might be extra to the story.
“Individuals are on edge,” she instructed the station. “They’re nervous. This can be a troubling, a difficult time for us. It’s stunning in our group and no demise in that kind ought to go uninvestigated.”
In Southern California, Robert Fuller, 24, who was black, was discovered hanging in a park close to Palmdale Metropolis Corridor early on June 10, and his demise was initially declared an obvious suicide.
However final week, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated the demise might be probed as a murder and might be monitored by the California Lawyer Common’s Workplace and the FBI’s Civil Rights Division.
On June 9, in New York, Dominique Alexander, 27, who was additionally black, was discovered hanging from a tree with a rope round his neck in Higher Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park round 6 a.m., police stated.
Per week later, town Workplace of the Medical Examiner dominated his demise a suicide by hanging.
Police stated foul play wasn’t suspected within the demise of Malcolm Harsch, who was discovered hanging close to the Victorville Metropolis Library in San Bernadino, Calif. on Might 31.
The person’s household initially questioned that narrative — however late final week, authorities launched a video exhibiting the person hanging himself, in line with The Desert Solar.
The household has since launched an announcement confirming the suicide.