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A young man died after being stopped by police. Four months later, no one knows why.
In the tiny Eastern Shore town of Greensboro in Caroline County, black residents last year protested the hiring of a white police officer from Delaware who in 2013 had been recorded on his dash cam kicking a black man in the jaw as he lay handcuffed on the ground. Despite a large turnout and opposition at a town meeting, the Greensboro Town Council ignored their concerns and put the officer on the four-man force.
A few months later, the residents’ worst fears seemed to be realized. Anton Black, a 19-year-old African American who was a former high school track and football star, budding actor and fashion model, died during an encounter with three white officers. One of them was Tom Webster IV, the new hire from Delaware.
At a Town Council meeting in Greensboro last week, an overflow crowd of concerned residents showed up again, this time seeking to break through a wall of silence that has surrounded the case since Anton’s death in September.
#Greensboro police issued a news release after Anton’s death. It said police received a call about a man “dragging an unidentified 12 year-old down a street.” When police responded, Anton told police the two were brothers, the report states. Police later confirmed they were not brothers.
Anton ran from police, and after they caught up with him, the report says, police Tasered him after he bit two officers and struck another in the face. Moments later, police say, Anton “began showing signs of #medical distress. Officers administered Narcan and CPR. Anton later died at a nearby hospital.”
No police officer has been charged in connection with Anton’s death, and no cause of death has been determined.
Greensboro officials say that #Maryland State Police are investigating and that the Caroline County state’s attorney will decide who or what was responsible for his death.
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