The family of a black guy who was 19 years old when he died while being held by police in Maryland in 2018 asserts that their loved one’s “unreal and senseless” death caused racial hostility in the surrounding neighbourhood.
In January 2022, a United States District Judge named Catherine Blake made the decision not to dismiss the family’s case that alleged Black was the victim of excessive force on the part of the police.
The 27-page judgement written by Blake states that the bodycam video of the deadly incident does not conclusively disprove the family’s claims that Black was the victim of excessive force on the part of the officers who responded to the incident.
Dateline devoted an entire year to looking into the circumstances surrounding Black’s killing as well as the parallels that may be drawn to Floyd’s murder. What did it dawn on Anton Black to do? Every Friday night at 10 o’clock Eastern Standard Time, NBC airs a special report that runs for one full hour.
Dateline: What Happened To Anton Black?
Anton Black passed away after being sought by white police officers and being held down for six minutes outside the home he shared with his family in a rural area of Greensboro.
Eight months after a court decided not to throw out the family’s allegation alleging police used excessive force, Black’s parents have decided to take action in response to the situation.
An autopsy report on Black’s death was made public in 2019, two days after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan expressed unhappiness with the progress of the probe.
According to the findings of the postmortem performed by the state medical examiner, Black’s death was an accident, and it is likely that his congenital heart issue, mental instability, and stress brought on by the war contributed to his death.
However, a cardiologist from Johns Hopkins University who was there during the investigation and watched the family’s case stated that the true cause of Black’s death was asphyxiation.
Dr. David Fowler, who was the chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland up until his retirement in 2019, was responsible for ensuring the validity and authenticity of the autopsy performed on Black.
A friend of the family, Christina Robinson, holds the police responsible for the killing of Black, despite the fact that she is aware that many white people in the town supported the police.
19-year-old Boy, Anton Black Died From Police Brutality For Racial Prejudice
On September 15, 2018, it was revealed by Dailymail.com that Anton Black passed away as a result of a confrontation with Greensboro police that took place on his mother’s front porch.
“He is currently standing at the door to his mother’s house. His one and only wish was to go back to his home. Why do you continue to disregard him when he is in the same room? It was purportedly recounted to Dateline by Antone Black, his son’s father.
After that, he continued by saying, “That’s not right.” “He didn’t assault anyone,” the narrator said. He did not carry out a bank heist, no. He was not responsible for the death of anyone.
After receiving a report that an adult male was forcibly dragging a child down the road while holding the child’s head, retired Officer Thomas Webster IV was seen on body camera footage of the incident speaking with the child. The incident followed a call to 911 reporting that the adult male was doing so.
The young man, who was a friend of Black’s family, explained to the police officer that the reason he was behaving in an unusual manner was because he was “schizophrenic.”
When Webster ordered Black to place his hands behind his back and place himself under arrest, Black responded with the words “I love you.” Black was subsequently placed under arrest. After that, he reversed his course, jogged back to the home he shared with his parents, and then got into a car.
Black lost consciousness as Webster and two other officers, the former police chief of Ridgley and an officer from the Centreville police department named Dennis Lannon, attempted to restrain him. Manos and Lannon weren’t on duty when they tried to help Webster catch Black, thus they couldn’t be of any use.
Where Is Anton Black Killer Officer Thomas Webster Now?
It is quite unlikely that Thomas Webster, a former Greensboro police officer who has been accused of committing serious crimes and is the subject of a civil lawsuit, is currently detained.
Nobody has ever been arrested or charged in connection with Anton’s passing because it was ruled to be an accident.
The judge came to the conclusion that Webster did not make an effort to defuse the situation or avoid responding to a person who was experiencing a mental health crisis when he smashed the car window and shocked Black. This is in accordance with the policy of the Greensboro Police Department.
In one of these incidents that took place in 2013, Thomas broke the jaw of a Black man by kicking him in the face while he was being arrested. In spite of the video from the dashboard camera demonstrating this, he was found not guilty.
After he was charged with a serious assault in the second degree, he resigned from his position in Dover with what appeared to be no major complications and a substantial $230,000 severance package. His resignation came with no big problems.