Family of black man, 19, who died after being held to ground by Maryland cops slam police for arrest

The household of a 19-year-old black man who died in Maryland police custody in 2018 says his ‘unreal and pointless’ demise break up the neighborhood alongside racial strains.

Anton Black died after he was chased by white law enforcement officials and held to the bottom for six minutes exterior his household’s house in rural Greensboro.

Now, almost eight months after a decide refused to throw out the household’s lawsuit alleging police acted with extreme drive, Black’s dad and mom are talking out. 

‘My son was George Floyd earlier than George Floyd,’ his father, Antone Black, instructed NBC Dateline. ‘I seen him begging for his life. You know, He’s hollering “Mommy.” They by no means moved. They by no means received off of him.’ 

Dateline launched a year-long investigation into Black’s demise and the parallels to Floyd’s homicide. The one-hour particular report, What Happened to Anton Black?, airs Friday at 10pm EST on NBC. 

Anton Black, 19, (pictured) died in Sept. 2018  after he was chased by white police officers and held to the ground for six minutes outside his family’s home in rural Greensboro, Maryland

Anton Black, 19, (pictured) died in Sept. 2018  after he was chased by white law enforcement officials and held to the bottom for six minutes exterior his household’s house in rural Greensboro, Maryland

Black died on September 15, 2018 after an altercation with Greensboro police on the entrance porch of his mom’s house.

‘He’s at his mom’s doorstep. All he wished to do was go house. He’s house and you do not get off of him? That’s not proper,’ Antone instructed Dateline. ‘He did not assault no person. He did not rob a financial institution. He did not kill no person.’

‘When I opened up the door, how come they did not let him up?’ his mom, Jenell Black, recalled. ‘I’m standing proper there.’ 

Body digicam footage from the incident confirmed former Officer Thomas Webster IV confronting the teenager in response to a 911 name reporting a person roughly dragging a baby down the highway in a headlock.

The boy, a pal of Black’s household, instructed the officer that teen was ‘schizophrenic’ and had been performing unusually. 

When Webster ordered him to position his arms behind his again and instructed him he was beneath arrest, Black mentioned: ‘I really like you.’ He then turned, jogged again to his household house and received right into a car.

Webster smashed the automobile window with a baton after which used a stun gun on Black. Later, a battle ensued on the entrance porch. 

Black misplaced consciousness as Webster and two different cops – former Ridgley police Chief Gary Manos and Centreville police Officer Dennis Lannon – tried to restrain him. Manos and Lannon have been off responsibility once they tried to assist Webster arrest Black.

‘It simply appeared so unreal and pointless to me,’ household pal Christina Robinson instructed Dateline. ‘When I noticed him go limp within the video, they nonetheless did not get off of him.’

Anton Black's father, Antone (left), recalled watching 'him begging for his life' as police held him down. Antone said: 'My son was George Floyd before George Floyd'

Anton Black’s father, Antone (left), recalled watching ‘him begging for his life’ as police held him down. Antone mentioned: ‘My son was George Floyd earlier than George Floyd’

Greensboro police confronted Black, 19, in September 2018 while he was in the 'midst of a mental health crisis', according to the family's lawsuit. Black is pictured left in body-camera footage from the incident

Greensboro police confronted Black, 19, in September 2018 whereas he was within the ‘midst of a psychological well being disaster’, in line with the household’s lawsuit. Black is pictured left in body-camera footage from the incident 

Black lost consciousness after being restrained by three cops on his mother's front porch

Black misplaced consciousness after being restrained by three cops on his mom’s entrance porch

An post-mortem report on Black’s demise was launched in 2019 two days after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan expressed frustration on the tempo of the investigation. 

The state medical expert’s post-mortem report lists Black’s demise as an accident and mentioned Black’s congenital coronary heart situation, psychological sickness and stress from the battle seemingly contributed to his demise.

But an skilled cited within the household’s lawsuit, a heart specialist at Johns Hopkins University, concluded that asphyxiation was the reason for Black’s demise.

Dr. David Fowler – who was Maryland’s chief medical expert till his retirement in 2019 and liable for the accuracy and integrity of Black’s post-mortem – additionally testified as an skilled for the protection in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the homicide of Floyd.

Robinson blames police for Black’s demise, however is aware of a lot of their white neighborhood members sided with the officers. 

‘Has it break up the neighborhood?’ NBC anchor Lester Holt probed. ‘Along racial strains?’

‘It undoubtedly did,’ Robinson responded. 

'When I opened up the door, how come they didn't let him up?' his mother, Jenell Black, recalled. 'I'm standing right there'

‘When I opened up the door, how come they did not let him up?’ his mom, Jenell Black, recalled. ‘I’m standing proper there’

Black’s demise fueled requires an impartial investigation. Last 12 months, state lawmakers handed a invoice named after Black that expanded public entry to information about police disciplinary circumstances.

Jason Johnson, president of The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, instructed Dateline that though Black’s demise was a tragedy, he did not ‘see any indication of malice’ within the physique digicam footage and thought it demonstrated ‘the skilled commonplace.’

However, many have questioned Webster’s actions, particularly since he had a historical past of utilizing drive with suspects who have been already subdued.

In 2013, whereas working as an officer in Dover, Delaware, Webster was charged with assault for kicking Lateef Dickerson, a black man, within the face whereas he was already subdued. That incident was caught on dashcam video.

He was acquitted of the assault cost in 2014. Months after the decision, Webster was given a $230,000 severance and resignation bundle from the town of Dover.

He additionally obtained pay and advantages, together with his pension, for work missed throughout the case. In February 2018, Webster was employed as an officer for the Greensboro police division.

‘I may inform you with a point of certainty that Thomas Webster shouldn’t have been a Greensboro police officer in any respect,’ Johnson added, after being pressed by Holt.

No fees have been filed towards Webster in connection to Black’s demise. 

US District Judge Catherine Blake in January 2022 refused to throw out the household’s lawsuit’s claiming police used extreme drive on Black.

Blake, in her 27-page ruling, mentioned the bodycam footage of the lethal encounter doesn’t conclusively contradict the household’s claims that police used extreme drive on Black. 

The decide concluded {that a} affordable jury ‘may attain multiple conclusion’ about whether or not officers used an affordable diploma of drive towards Black. 

She additionally mentioned an individual’s psychological well being should be factored into the usage of drive by police. Black had been recognized with a extreme type of bipolar dysfunction and was hospitalized lower than two weeks earlier than his demise.

The Greensboro Police Department’s handbook means that Webster didn’t strive de-escalate or keep away from overreacting to any person within the grips of a psychological well being disaster when he smashed the automobile window and used the stun gun on Black, the decide concluded. 

She mentioned the officers can renew their requests for her to dismiss the lawsuit’s extreme drive claims after they end sharing proof with plaintiffs.

It is unclear if Webster, Manos and Lannon have since moved ahead with offering the requested proof or renewed their movement to dismiss the swimsuit.