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The more we learn, the worse police look in the death of Anton Black

The more we learn, the worse police look in the death of Anton Black

Many baffling, unbelievable — and laughable, if it weren’t such a tragedy — conclusions came out of the autopsy and investigation into the death of Anton Black while in police custody in Greensboro four months ago.

Perhaps the most glaring was the apparent mental health diagnosis by one of the police officers trying to arrest Black on a vague suspicion of kidnapping. Baltimore Sun reporter Talia Richman reviewed body camera video screened for the media Wednesday and reported hearing an officer declaring the teenager had a mental health issue. When did police officers get into the business of making such a diagnosis? And within mere minutes of interacting with a suspect, at that? Not...

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