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

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The household of a 19-year-old achromatic antheral who died successful Maryland constabulary custody successful 2018 says his 'unreal and unnecessary' decease divided the assemblage on radical lines.

Anton Black died aft helium was chased by achromatic constabulary officers and held to the crushed for six minutes outside his family’s location successful agrarian Greensboro.

Now, astir 8 months aft a justice refused to propulsion retired the family's suit alleging constabulary acted with excessive force, Black's parents are speaking out. 

'My lad was George Floyd earlier George Floyd,' his father, Antone Black, told NBC Dateline. 'I seen him begging for his life. You know, He's hollering "Mommy." They ne'er moved. They ne'er got disconnected of him.' 

Dateline launched a year-long probe into Black's decease and the parallels to Floyd's murder. The one-hour peculiar report, What Happened to Anton Black?, airs Friday astatine 10pm EST connected NBC. 

Anton Black, 19, (pictured) died successful Sept. 2018  aft helium was chased by achromatic constabulary officers and held to the crushed for six minutes extracurricular his family’s location successful agrarian Greensboro, Maryland

Black died connected September 15, 2018 aft an altercation with Greensboro constabulary connected the beforehand structure of his mother's home.

'He's astatine his mother's doorstep. All helium wanted to bash was spell home. He's location and you don't get disconnected of him? That's not right,' Antone told Dateline. 'He didn't onslaught nobody. He didn't rob a bank. He didn't termination nobody.'

'When I opened up the door, however travel they didn't fto him up?' his mother, Jenell Black, recalled. 'I'm lasting close there.' 

Body camera footage from the incidental showed former Officer Thomas Webster IV confronting the teen successful effect to a 911 telephone reporting a man roughly dragging a kid down the roadworthy successful a headlock.

The boy, a person of Black’s family, told the serviceman that teen was 'schizophrenic' and had been acting strangely. 

When Webster ordered him to spot his hands down his backmost and told him helium was nether arrest, Black said: 'I emotion you.' He past turned, jogged backmost to his household location and got into a vehicle.

Webster smashed the car model with a baton and past utilized a stun weapon connected Black. Later, a conflict ensued connected the beforehand porch. 

Black mislaid consciousness arsenic Webster and 2 different cops - former Ridgley constabulary Chief Gary Manos and Centreville constabulary Officer Dennis Lannon - tried to restrain him. Manos and Lannon were disconnected work erstwhile they tried to assistance Webster apprehension Black.

'It conscionable seemed truthful unreal and unnecessary to me,' household person Christina Robinson told Dateline. 'When I saw him spell limp successful the video, they inactive didn't get disconnected of him.'

Anton Black's father, Antone (left), recalled watching 'him begging for his life' arsenic constabulary held him down. Antone said: 'My lad was George Floyd earlier George Floyd'

Greensboro constabulary confronted Black, 19, successful September 2018 portion helium was successful the 'midst of a intelligence wellness crisis', according to the family's lawsuit. Black is pictured near successful body-camera footage from the incident 

Black mislaid consciousness aft being restrained by 3 cops connected his mother's beforehand porch

An autopsy study connected Black’s decease was released successful 2019 2 days aft Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan expressed vexation astatine the gait of the investigation. 

The authorities aesculapian examiner’s autopsy study lists Black’s decease arsenic an mishap and said Black’s congenital bosom condition, intelligence unwellness and accent from the conflict apt contributed to his death.

But an adept cited successful the family's lawsuit, a cardiologist astatine Johns Hopkins University, concluded that asphyxiation was the origin of Black’s death.

Dr. David Fowler - who was Maryland's main aesculapian examiner until his status successful 2019 and liable for the accuracy and integrity of Black's autopsy - besides testified arsenic an expert for the defence successful Derek Chauvin's proceedings for the execution of Floyd.

Robinson blames constabulary for Black's death, but knows galore of their achromatic assemblage members sided with the officers. 

'Has it divided the community?' NBC anchor Lester Holt probed. 'Along radical lines?'

'It decidedly did,' Robinson responded. 

'When I opened up the door, however travel they didn't fto him up?' his mother, Jenell Black, recalled. 'I'm lasting close there'

Black’s decease fueled calls for an autarkic investigation. Last year, authorities lawmakers passed a measure named aft Black that expanded nationalist entree to records astir constabulary disciplinary cases.

Jason Johnson, president of The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, told Dateline that though Black's decease was a tragedy, helium didn't 'see immoderate denotation of malice' successful the assemblage camera footage and thought it demonstrated 'the nonrecreational standard.'

However, galore person questioned Webster's actions, particularly since helium had a past of utilizing unit with suspects who were already subdued.

In 2013, portion moving arsenic an serviceman successful Dover, Delaware, Webster was charged with battle for kicking Lateef Dickerson, a achromatic man, successful the look portion helium was already subdued. That incidental was caught connected dashcam video.

He was acquitted of the battle complaint successful 2014. Months aft the verdict, Webster was fixed a $230,000 severance and resignation bundle from the metropolis of Dover.

He besides received wage and benefits, including his pension, for enactment missed during the case. In February 2018, Webster was hired arsenic an serviceman for the Greensboro constabulary department.

'I could archer you with immoderate grade of certainty that Thomas Webster should not person been a Greensboro constabulary serviceman astatine all,' Johnson added, aft being pressed by Holt.

No charges were filed against Webster successful transportation to Black's death. 

Family person Christina Robinson told Dateline: 'It conscionable seemed truthful unreal and unnecessary to me. When I saw him spell limp successful the video, they inactive didn't get disconnected of him'

US District Judge Catherine Blake successful January 2022 refused to propulsion retired the family's lawsuit’s claiming constabulary utilized excessive unit connected Black (pictured)

She said the bodycam footage (pictured) of the deadly brushwood doesn’t conclusively contradict the family’s claims that constabulary utilized excessive force

US District Judge Catherine Blake successful January 2022 refused to propulsion retired the family's lawsuit’s claiming constabulary utilized excessive unit connected Black.

Blake, successful her 27-page ruling, said the bodycam footage of the deadly brushwood doesn’t conclusively contradict the family’s claims that constabulary utilized excessive unit connected Black. 

The justice concluded that a tenable assemblage 'could scope much than 1 conclusion' astir whether officers utilized a tenable grade of unit against Black. 

She also said a person’s intelligence wellness indispensable beryllium factored into the usage of unit by police. Black had been diagnosed with a terrible signifier of bipolar upset and was hospitalized little than 2 weeks earlier his death.

The Greensboro Police Department’s handbook suggests that Webster didn’t effort de-escalate oregon debar overreacting to idiosyncratic successful the grips of a intelligence wellness situation erstwhile helium smashed the car model and utilized the stun weapon connected Black, the justice concluded. 

She said the officers tin renew their requests for her to disregard the lawsuit’s excessive unit claims aft they decorativeness sharing grounds with plaintiffs.

It is unclear if Webster, Manos and Lannon person since moved guardant with providing the requested grounds oregon renewed their question to disregard the suit.

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