An African-American man was found hanging from a tree near Linden on July 20th. The family is seeking more answers after it was ruled a suicide.
On July 20, 2021, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a man found hanging from a tree in an orchard off Highway 6 near Linden, California. By the time authorities had arrived, the man was pronounced dead on the scene.
This person was identified as 32-year-old Arthur Robbins. The Sheriff’s Department has reported that there was no evidence of a struggle or foul play. The incident has been ruled a suicide due to the facts that drug paraphernalia was found in the area, and a felony warrant was issued for his arrest after Mr. Robbins had recently failed a drug test while on probation from State prison.
On Monday August 2, 2021, NAACP Stockton-branch President Bobby Bivens and several Stockton City Council Members attended a press conference in Stockton alongside Mr. Robbins’ family. Mr. Bivens had said that he needs more answers. Pictures of the Mr. Robbins hanging from the tree were taken from a distance and shared over social media. Mr. Bivens and others are still skeptical of the suicide.
The father of Arthur Robbins also attended the press conference on August 2nd. He said he understands the ruling based on the evidence, but everything had happened so fast. “It’s hard to believe he just went out like that.”
Clips of the press conference and a news report are available from ABC10 in the video below.