Cardi B joined the public in questioning the recent rash of public hanging deaths of Black people. In less than a month since the police killing of George Floyd, at least five Black men have been found dead, hanged from trees and other objects.
“Who the f**k climb a tree, sit on a branch, tie a rope and hang themselves? Like I’m trying to picture it in my head and I can’t see it,” Cardi tweeted out to her 12.5 million followers on Wednesday (June 17).
“These hangings are not suicide it’s MURDER....and the timing?” she declared. The Invasion of Privacy rapper wasn’t the only one doubtful. Tinashe added in the comments, “how are they on government/public buildings and there's no security camera footage?”
Their remarks come as news that Robert Fuller, 24, Malcolm Harsch, 38, and Dominique Alexander, 27, all Black men in different parts of the country died by hanging within weeks of one another. Fuller and Harsch were found hanging from trees 10 days apart from one another in Southern California. Their deaths were initially ruled by suicide. But after public outcry, the FBI announced they are opening probes into the deaths of Fuller and Harsch on Monday (June 15), according to CNN. Just days later, an unidentified 17-year old Black male was found hanging from a tree at the playground outside of an elementary school in Texas. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office claimed there are “no signs of foul play” but that pending the autopsy, his death appears to also be by suicide, according to ABC 7.
Earlier this week, De Avery Richardson, Harsch’s younger brother, told BET.com his family has been left in the dark by the police. They still have not received an official autopsy report from the police more than two weeks after Harsch died.
“I believe the only reason they are pursuing this investigation further is because they are receiving pressure from the public and different agencies and different community leaders,” Richardson said. “We haven’t gotten anything...The only information we’ve received is that they now have 15 detectives working on the investigation and will provide updates as much as they can.”
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