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Barger, State Legislators Call For State AG To Investigate Palmdale Death

An American flag hovers near the tree where 24-year-old Robert Fuller was found hanging in a Palmdale park. (Josie Huang/ LAist)
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County and state officials who represent Palmdale are calling for the state Attorney General to investigate the death of a young black man found who was found hanging from a tree in a public park last Wednesday.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department said 24-year-old Robert Fuller appeared to have died by suicide, but family and friends say his death looks more like a lynching.

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger on Saturday sent a letter to the state's top law enforcement official formally asking for an inquiry.

"Today, I asked California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra to conduct an independent investigation into the death of Mr. Robert Fuller," Barger said.

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State Senator Scott Wilk and Assemblymember Tom Lackey, both Republicans from the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, also called for Becerra to investigate the death.

The L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner has deferred reporting a cause of death for Fuller, pending further investigation.

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