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Police officer involved in Anton Black’s death on Eastern Shore loses certification

A Maryland police officer involved in the death of a 19-year-old black man last year after being handcuffed has lost his police certification.

The Easton Star-Democrat reported that Maryland’s Police Training and Standards Commission decertified Thomas Webster IV on July 26.

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Greensboro Police Chief Eric Lee announced at a town meeting Thursday that Webster is no longer on the force.

Webster’s certification came into question when state officials said he failed to disclose nearly 30 use-of-force reports from his police career in Dover, Del.

In September, Webster confronted 19-year-old Anton Black in Caroline County after receiving a 911 call about a possible abduction. Webster chased Black, then arrested and handcuffed him with the help of two off-duty officers.

Black became unresponsive and died. His family says Black had mental health issues and officers used excessive force.

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