Graphic warning: Video depicts a fatal confrontation with police. Greensboro Police Department body-worn camera footage of Anton Black's arrest and subsequent cardiac arrest. Video courtesy of Greensboro PD
Greensboro Police Chief Mike Petyo provided a link Thursday night to The Baltimore Sun of police body-camera footage from the fatal encounter between police and 19-year-old Anton Black on Sept. 15.
The video shows Black being approached after a report of a kidnapping. Black had been with a 12-year-old child who relatives said was a close friend, part of the family and someone who was not in danger.
Following an autopsy that showed a struggle with police contributed to 19-year-old Anton Black's death from sudden cardiac arrest, the family of the Eastern Shore man is calling for a grand jury investigation, which authorities rejected. The family now wants a federal civil rights review.
By Jean Marbella
Jan 24, 2019 at 7:35 PM
The officer and two others — members of nearby police departments, who happened to be near the scene — chase Black to his parents’ home in a trailer park, along with a passing motorcyclist who joined in, the video shows.
Black goes into a family member’s car parked outside the mobile home.
There, per the video, Webster smashes the car’s window with his baton and shocks Black with a Taser in an attempt to restrain him.
It appears the Taser may not have worked, and Black climbs out of the passenger side of the car.
Officers struggle with him as he tries to go up a ramp to his family’s home, forcing him to the ground, with one officer appearing to lie across him. The civilian who joined in the chase assists the officers in restraining Black.
Attorneys for the family of the teenager who died in police custody last September on Maryland's Eastern Shore have released a statement and copy of the autopsy report.
Jan 24, 2019 at 3:50 PM
His mother, Jennell Black, steps out the front door of her home to see her son pinned down by multiple police officers.
“Anton!” she screams.
There is a cacophony of voices: Police say he’s under arrest; Black tells his mother that he loves her; she yells, “Anton, stop, baby.”
“I had him evaluated and he got let go last week,” his mother says. An officer says, “It’s not good. They won’t hold them. He needs help.”
Officers put him in handcuffs and leg shackles, and Black quickly shows signs of medical distress.
His mother asks: “Is he breathing?” The video shows him slumped over and not moving.
Officers call for an ambulance and begin performing CPR, the video shows. They administer Narcan, which is used to block the effects of opioids. They say this is a mental health emergency. Some officers on the scene speculate aloud that Black is on drugs, though that was not substantiated in the autopsy.
As the video rolls, Black’s pregnant girlfriend can be seen in the front yard, illuminated by flashing police lights.
Anton Black, the African-American teenager who died in police custody on the Eastern Shore, suffered “sudden cardiac death” and it is likely that his struggle with law enforcement contributed, according to the autopsy report prepared by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
An autopsy report prepared by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and released Wednesday to The Baltimore Sun deemed his death an “accident,” saying he suffered “sudden cardiac death” and it is likely that his struggle with law enforcement contributed. An underlying heart condition and a mental illness were factors in Black’s death, according to the report.
Gov. Larry Hogan says he's pushing for answers for the family of a black teenager who died in police custody on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Anton Black, 19, of Greensboro, died in an encounter with local police in September. The governor says he's "frustrated" by the lack of information so far.
Attorneys for the family released a statement Thursday: “There was no good reason for these officers to inflict this degree of force on Anton Black, or even to arrest him.
“There was no reason to tase him. There was no reason for the officer to tackle him, restrain him and shackle him. There was no reason to inflict 43 blunt trauma wounds on Anton Black,” the statement said. “There was no reason for Anton Black to die.”
A lawyer for the family, Timothy F. Maloney, said they would ask the Department of Justice’s civil rights division to review Black’s death.
“I have an ethical obligation to only put cases in front of the grand jury that I believe are supported by probable cause,” Riley told The Sun. “It would be unethical of me to put a case in front of the grand jury without probable cause, believing that they would not return [an] indictment simply to remove pressure on myself or this office.”