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Morning Briefing: It's 2020 And Lynching Still Isn't A Hate Crime

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I don't think I need to explain why the fact that a Black man was found dead, hanging from a tree in the year 2020, is incredibly disturbing.

It's not a coincidence that anti-lynching legislation still hasn't passed in the U.S. Senate; legislation that would, for the first time, designate the act of violence common in Jim Crow America, as a hate crime. The bill is currently stalled due to objections of Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul.

Robert Fuller was planning a trip to Las Vegas. He was excited about the Black Lives Matter Movement. He was 24. We don't know yet how he died, but his family wants answers.

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On Saturday, protesters gathered around the tree where he was found to chant his name.

"We sitting here staring at this tree," said Diamond Alexander, Fuller's older sister. "It don't make no sense ... My brother was not suicidal. He wasn't."

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Robert Fuller's body was found on Wednesday around 4 a.m., hanging from a tree in a park in front of Palmdale's City Hall. The Sheriff's Department said based on the initial results of a coroner's investigation, it was a suicide. But protesters are demanding a full investigation from the state. "If you can suggest suicide, I can suggest a lynching," one of the protesters told reporter Josie Huang.

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