What Happened To Anton Black? Boy, 19, Died From Police Brutality For Racial Prejudice

When Anton arrived at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center in Easton, it was determined that he had passed away. Shortly after, his cause of death was determined to be an accident. ( Source : The-Sun )

In 2018, a black 19-year-old man died while being held by Maryland police, and his family claims that his 'unreal and senseless' death caused racial tension in the area.

In January 2022, US District Judge Catherine Blake declined to dismiss the family's complaint alleging that Black got subjected to excessive force by the police.

According to Blake's 27-page judgment, the bodycam video of the fatal incident does not definitively refute the family's allegations that Black was subjected to excessive force by the officers.

The death of Black and the similarities to Floyd's murder were the subjects of a year-long investigation by Dateline. What occurred to Anton Black? An hour-long special report airs on NBC every Friday at 10 p.m. EST.

Dateline: What Happened To Anton Black?

After being pursued by white police officers and kept down for six minutes outside his family's house in rural Greensboro, Anton Black lost his life.

Black's parents are now stepping up, some eight months after a court declined to dismiss the family's complaint charging that police used excessive force.

In 2019, two days after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan voiced dissatisfaction with the investigation's progress, an autopsy report on Black's death was made public.

According to the state medical examiner's postmortem report, Black's death was an accident, and it was likely caused by his congenital heart problem, mental instability, and stress from the conflict.

However, a cardiologist from Johns Hopkins University who witnessed the family's case said that asphyxiation was the real cause of Black's demise.

Dr. David Fowler, who served as Maryland's chief medical examiner until his retirement in 2019, ensured the validity and authenticity of Black's autopsy.

Christina Robinson, a family friend, blames the police for Black's death, although she is aware many white people in the community supported the police.

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19-year-old Boy, Anton Black Died From Police Brutality For Racial Prejudice

As reported by Dailymail.com, Anton Black died following a confrontation with Greensboro police on his mother's front porch on 15 September 2018.

"He's standing at his mother's door. He only desired to return to his house. Why are you still ignoring him when he is at home?" his dad, Antone Black, reportedly told Dateline.

He further added, "That's not right." 'He didn't attack anybody. No, he didn't rob a bank. No one was murdered by him."

Following a 911 call reporting a guy roughly pulling a child down the road in a headlock, retired Officer Thomas Webster IV was seen on body camera footage of the event addressing the youngster.

The teenager, a friend of Black's family, told the officer that he was acting abnormally because he was "schizophrenic."

Black spoke the words "I love you" when Webster commanded him to put his hands behind his back and place himself under arrest. After that, he turned around, jogged back to his parent's house, and got into a car.

As Webster and two other officers—former Ridgley police chief Gary Manos and Centreville police officer Dennis Lannon—tried to subdue Black, he lost consciousness. When Manos and Lannon attempted to assist Webster in apprehending Black, they weren't on duty.

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Where Is Anton Black Killer Officer Thomas Webster Now?

Thomas Webster, a former Greensboro police officer who has been sued and accused of committing major crimes, is probably not in jail now.

Since Anton's death was declared an accident, nobody has ever been detained or charged.

The judge concluded that when Webster smashed the car window and shocked Black, he did not attempt to defuse the situation or avoid responding to a person experiencing a mental health crisis, according to the Greensboro Police Department's policy.

One of these incidences involved Thomas kicking a Black guy in the face while being arrested in 2013, breaking his jaw. Despite the dashcam video showing this, he was found not guilty.

He resigned from his position in Dover with what appeared to be no big problems and a sizable $230,000 severance package after being charged with a serious second-degree assault.

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