A black man who was found hanging from a tree in a California park died by suicide, authorities have said.

Robert Fuller, 24, had a history of mental illness and took his own life on 10 June in Palmdale, Los Angeles sheriff commander Chris Marks said.

A post-mortem examination had returned an initial finding of suicide, but this was rejected by Mr Fuller’s family, prompting a further investigation.

The case came amid US protests over the death of George Floyd.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mr Fuller had attended a Black Lives Matter protest on the eve of his death.

Mr Fuller’s death in the high desert city of Palmdale, about 60 miles (96km) north of Los Angeles, shook the black community in the Antelope Valley.

Some said they

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