Death of black man found hanging in NYC park ruled a suicide
The death of a black man found hanging in a Manhattan park was ruled a suicide Tuesday, the city’s medical examiner said.
Dominique Alexander, 27, was found hanging from a tree with a rope around his neck on Cloister Path in Fort Tryon Park around 6 a.m. on June 9 in Upper Manhattan, police said.
Alexander was found unconscious and unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS workers, cops said.
A week later, the city’s Office of the Medical Examiner ruled the death suicide by hanging, a spokesperson told The Post.
Alexander’s brother, Keats Alexander, has said the family is grieving and Dominique “was definitely loved by his family and his community,” PIX 11 reported.
“It’s just so much,” the brother said, according to the outlet.
Dominique’s death comes as similar reports about black people dying from hangings, and suspicion over the circumstances, spike across the nation.
The hanging deaths of two black men in Southern California amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations for black rights have sparked federal probes, the outlet reported.
Robert Fuller, 24 was found hanging in a park near Palmdale City Hall early on June 10, and the death was originally ruled as an apparent suicide.
On Monday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the death will be probed as a homicide and will be monitored by the California attorney general’s office and the FBI’s Civil Rights Division.
Fuller’s family was outspoken in their belief that Fuller was not suicidal and foul play couldn’t be ruled out without a thorough investigation.
A week earlier about 50 miles away in San Bernardino County, Malcolm Harsch, 38, was found hanging near the Victorville City Library.
Police originally said foul play was not suspected, but the man’s family isn’t so sure. They said in a statement people at the scene saw blood on Harsch’s shirt, he didn’t appear depressed and he had recent talks with his kids about seeing them soon.
“The explanation of suicide does not seem plausible,” the family statement said.
“There are many ways to die but considering the current racial tension, a black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn’t sit well with us right now. We want justice not comfortable excuses.”
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