"Mommy Help": Cops Pin Down Teen in Front of His Parents for Six Minutes Until He Stops Breathing and Dies
On September 15, 2018, Anton Black's family watched in horror as Greensboro police officers followed their 19-year-old son to the door of their house, pinned him down, and then kneeled on him for six minutes until he became unconscious and died. Since that awful day over four years ago, no one has been held responsible for his death.
This Thursday, the Maryland taxpayers were informed that they would be held accountable for the actions of the implicated cops to the tune of $5,000,000.00. The parents of Black recently resolved a federal lawsuit alleging that their son's death in custody was racist and illegal. The complaint also says that the state medical examiner worked with the police to hide "wrongdoing by officers."
Less than a year after his death, the cops responsible were exonerated. Now, the family hopes that their son's death will not have been in vain and that all agencies engaged in Black's murder will undergo transformation.
"It's an old-fashioned boy thing." "No charges," said Anton Black, the father of Black. "They murdered him without so much as a minor charge. If they did to a dog what they did to my kid, someone would be prosecuted and put in prison. These men should be incarcerated.
Renee Swafford, one of the family's lawyers, said that Anton Black had 43 blunt trauma wounds during his confrontation with police officers, notwithstanding the autopsy's conclusion that he had suffered a "cardiac episode." According to the medical examiner, this did not contribute to Black's death.
Even though the state said at first that Black was high on drugs, neither drugs nor alcohol were found in his system.
In accordance with the New York Times:
The complaint also claimed that the cops attempted to cover up an unjustifiable homicide by alleging that Mr Black had "superhuman" powers while under the influence of marijuana combined with another narcotic.
David Fowler, the state's medical examiner at the time, produced an autopsy report four months later that attributed Mr Black's death to congenital heart defects and classified it as an accident, stating that there was no indication that the police officers' actions had a part in it. The case filed by Mr Black's family against the medical examiner's office and Mr Fowler, who is also named as defendants, is ongoing.
Judge Catherine Blake of the U.S. District Court in Maryland ruled earlier this year that the video footage of Mr Black's interaction with the police "does not 'clearly contradict' and overwhelm the plaintiffs' accusations" of excessive force, dealing a defeat to the police department's case.
On the day he died, Black and his cousin were playing when someone reported an abduction. Black, who had bipolar disorder, was getting into a car when the police showed up. Officer Thomas Webster broke the window and shocked Black.
Black ran slowly back home before being apprehended and pushed down by three cops and a bystander on his own front door until he stopped breathing.
According to family members, Anton Black begged "Mommy, help" for six minutes while cops crushed his face, chest, and stomach to the ground. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was confirmed dead later on.
As part of the lawsuit, the department that was involved in Black's death will have to provide more resources for police officers who deal with mental health emergencies. These resources will include de-escalation training, lessons on implicit bias, and clear hiring practices. Black's parents hope that this will keep other teenagers from having the same thing happen to them.
Black's mother, Jennell Black, stated in a letter to the Times, "There are no words to explain the indescribable anguish I will always feel when I recall that horrible day and think about my son." No other family should have to endure what we did. I hope police department improvements will save lives and prevent other families from experiencing the daily suffering we endure. "
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