VIDEO: ACLU Blasts 'Brutality' After Man Fights Cops, Dies Of Heart Attack

Anton Black died of a heart attack after running away from an officer and fighting with police.

Greensboro, MD - Greensboro police are being accused of using excessive force, after an attempted kidnapper died of a heart attack while fighting with officers (video below).

The medical examiner concluded that 19-year-old Anton Black died of sudden cardiac arrest on Sept. 15, 2018, and that his mental illness, an underlying heart issue, and the physical altercation with police contributed to the onset of his medical emergency, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Greensboro police released bodycam footage of the incident on Thursday, after county prosecutors announced that the officers’ use of force was justified, and that no criminal charges will be filed against them, CBS News reported.

“It speaks for itself. It shows proper police procedure,” Greensboro Police Department Chief Mike Petyo said of the video, according to The Baltimore Sun. “It shows genuine concern for the decedent.”

The incident unfolded after a woman called 911 to report that a man, later identified as Black, was dragging a 12-year-old boy down the street, CBS News reported.

Greensboro Police Officer Thomas Webster responded to the area, and made contact with Black and the boy.

At one point, the officer said he saw Black pinning the child up against the patrol car hood, according to prosecutors.

Black told the officer that he was the boy’s brother, but the child immediately rebuked that claim, bodycam footage showed.

“No! He’s not my brother, bro!” the boy yelled, just before he ran off towards another adult.

Black’s family later claimed that he and the boy were friends, and that they had been playing, CBS News reported.

Black continued to insist he was the child’s brother, at which point Officer Webster calmly told him to put his hands behind his back.

The suspect scoffed, then began running down the street away from the officer.

Officer Webster began chasing Black on foot, and notified dispatch that the man had tried to abduct the young boy.

The pursuit ended in a mobile home park, where Black jumped into a white car and locked himself inside.

Before Black had an opportunity to drive away, Officer Webster broke out the driver’s side window of the car.

Black moved over into the passenger seat, and the officer deployed his Taser as Black jumped out of the passenger side of the car, seemingly unaffected by the shock.

Other officers arrived at the scene and helped to prevent Black from running away again.

A motorcyclist who happened to be traveling past also jumped in to help the officers during the struggle that ensued.

Black bit one of the officers as the group wrestled him up onto a front porch, the video showed.

He refused to comply with their orders, and Officer Webster told the other officers that the suspect was schizophrenic.

The officers then restrained and supported his upper body, while the Good Samaritan eased his legs out from beneath him so he could be lowered onto the porch.

Although Black continued to struggle against them, the officers remained calm and continued their attempts to secure him into handcuffs.

Black’s mother stepped out of the residence, just as the officers finished securing his second hand with the handcuffs.

“Anton here, tried to abduct a 12-year-old, and then fled from the police,” Officer Webster explained to her.

The suspect continued to kick his legs, and his mother and another male repeatedly told him to stop fighting with the officers.

“He’s not calm. He’s having a rough time,” Officer Webster said at one point. He also confirmed with Black’s mother that Black had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

“This is a mental health emergency,” he ultimately determined. “We’re not treating this as a crime. He’s definitely – he’s not with us right now….We’re going to get him some help.”

Black eventually quit responding, at which point the officers checked his pulse and breathing several times.

But as they waited for EMS to respond, Black’s condition worsened, and the officers removed his handcuffs to start CPR.

They also administered a dose of Narcan, in the event he was having an adverse reaction to a narcotic.

Black was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.

Caroline County State’s Attorney Joseph Riley said that he is “not empowered to prosecute tragic acts,” such as Black’s fatal heart attack, CBS News reported.

But attorneys for Black’s family said that police killed Black by using excessive force, and that his death was not accidental.

Black had 43 abrasions or contusions on his body at the time of his death, but the bodycam footage did not show him being injured or struck by the officers, the medical examiner concluded, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“In any event, Anton Black did not die because of any mental condition,” the family’s attorneys told CBS News.

They said they also plan to ask the Department of Justice to investigate the case.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland said that either a federal or an independent investigation needs to be opened.

“There was no reason for Anton Black to die,” the ACLU said, adding that the bodycam video “is painful to even watch.”

“The ACLU is deeply troubled by the excessive force and brutality in Anton’s death,” the group told The Baltimore Sun in a statement. “At nearly every step in the encounter, the police reacted with greater suspicion and force than necessary, which points to racial bias in the handling of the situation.”

The ACLU also expressed outrage that the video and autopsy report were not released sooner, and criticized the officers for believing Black was schizophrenic, even though his own mother had confirmed his medical diagnosis.

“Police also claimed that Anton was schizophrenic without any medical training to make such a diagnosis,” the ACLU said. “If the police actually believed Anton was having a mental health episode, then beating and tasing him was probably not the approved protocol for dealing with people with mental illness, especially those who are unarmed, cornered, and no imminent danger to themselves or others.”

The group said it is also “disgusted” by Officer Webster, who at one point said that the entire incident “turned into a real show,” The Baltimore Sun reported.

The ACLU expressed outrage that Officer Webster was hired by the Greensboro Police Department after he was charged – and acquitted – on allegations that he assaulted a suspect by kicking him in the head in 2013.

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson declared that “there was nothing…that was threatening about Black, and that his death was “avoidable,” The Baltimore Sun reported.

Chief Petyo said he is standing behind his officers, and that they followed procedure and showed concern for Black throughout the incident.

“They didn’t go full-out use of force,” the chief reiterated. “He used a Taser. It wasn’t effective. It didn’t subdue him.”

Officer Webster was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month, but has since returned to active duty, Chief Petyo told CBS News.

He is not currently assigned to uniformed duties, does not have contact with the public, and is not on patrol, however.

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Black in the video below:

Comments (35)
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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

“There was no reason for Anton Black to die,” the ACLU said"

...Well ACLU actually there was. No reason? .. except for the fact that Anton was non-compliant with directives from LEO's , intentionally evasive, and made several ignorant ,poor decisions for which he paid the price. Why was he trying to accost the younger child? Actions sometimes have >very< severe consequences and which have no sympathies for those too ignorant to realize this in advance. "Maturity", "wisdom" and "forethought" are traits which need to be developed and embraced by the young and continually utilized and sharpened as you age. Suggestion-- the ACLU start teaching / explaining this to those who suffer from a severe learning disadvantage or an outright learning disability ..as so many in this community appear to be negatively affected.

Whose fault is ignorance ? The bell tolls for thee Anton.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Another black lawyer looking for a quick paycheck while refuting video evidence? Ya think? Criminal kid.

JaDen62
JaDen62

"the ACLU said. “If the police actually believed Anton was having a mental health episode, then beating and tasing him was probably not the approved protocol for dealing with people with mental illness, especially those who are unarmed, cornered, and no imminent danger to themselves or others.” Fact is the police had no idea that he had a mental illness until well into the encounter on the porch after he had cuffs on and the lady came out and was talking to them about Anton. And they are going to Pick about a real show?? People were coming out of the woodwork to gawk and you could hear the police asking people to give some room - let them work. what?? Show?? show of compassion by all the people working on the kid? Show of respect in cleaning up after the persons property?? These people ! ALWAYS - he was a good boy, did nothing wrong... cops fault - racist... It is ridiculous!

Riever
Riever

I expect nothing more and and certainly nothing less from the antiamerican communist lip union.

Heatherlynn
Heatherlynn

Just what exactly are the police SUPPOSED to do with an individual who attempts to abduct a child? Reason with someone who is mentally ill and runs away from them? That's problematic, isn't it? They took him into custody using the minimum of force necessary to accomplish the task. The officers had no way of knowing that Black had a heart condition; he may not have known it himself. If he did it was all the more reason for him to be compliant rather than resist being taken into custody. The ACLU's claim that the officers beat Black was an out-and-out lie. There was no striking in the video. DeRay Mckesson was only half-right when he declared that there was nothing threatening about Black and that his death was "avoidable". Abducting a child is a serious offense and Black's own actions caused his death, not anything the officers did.

shortandsassy
shortandsassy

OMG here we go again, another crooked Atty, along with others, trying to get rich. The Officers DID NOT do anything wrong

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

If the police released the twelve year old to Black, maybe now we would have a Dahmer situation. Then the ACLU would be complaining about that.

JBo
JBo

If you have a cardiac problem, don't let your mouth write a check your heart can't cash.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Webster didn't pull schizophrenia out of his ass, he had to have dealt with him before to know this and know his name. That was some restraint showed by these guys, not abuse.

spike1515
spike1515

The officers did a great job as far as I could tell.

tkshields
tkshields

death was attributed by not complying with police in a criminal situation

LEO0301
LEO0301

When will people start blaming the ones actually responsible for the outcome, that would be the suspect(s)? I also wonder how those critical of the police response would have handled the situation once they learned it was a kidnapping? Let him go so he could get into a car, flee or arm himself, or possibly do harm to another child? These people who like to second guess the police should be riding with the officers so they can add immediate insight into how the situation can be handled according to their wishes. Since that's not going to happen, they should just STFU!

IbeanSob54
IbeanSob54

And now our finest are supposed to telepathic abilities and x-ray vision! REALLY? ACLU is made up of leftist idiots!

Da$
Da$

As usual, the ACLU is a joke and any position taken by them regarding this in incident has no merit. Sorry for your loss family, but officers did an amazing job in this situation. Had similar action been taken in the Jeffrey Dahmer case, a number of victims most likely would still be alive. This case is eerily similar. Great job on this one officers!

RubyRose
RubyRose

One less scumbag off the streets. Sounds like his family want to cash in on his death $$. Good police work Webster. You have been in law Enforcement for some time, it’s not uncommon for you to notice he is showing signs of schizophrenic behavior. You don’t have to be a mental health physician to know that. Keep up the good work. Hopefully your department will back you and not cave to some bullshit law suit.

Skidoo
Skidoo

Looks like death by natural causes so no payouts to the family.

artw44
artw44

"Webster calmly told him to put his hands behind his back. The suspect scoffed, then began running down the street away from the officer."

It always starts with them "He refused to comply with their orders." Ands ends with the police using too much force. Not like anybody who fails to comply has any accountability for what happens next. Tired of this crap from the left, everybody is racist, even black cops are racist against blacks, what a bunch of bull.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Once again the ACLU has proven they have no clue about police procedure. No "brutality" here.

slo1942
slo1942

One less THUG !!!!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

ACLU, you fools better pick your battles and know your information before making such claims and accusations. I bet the ACLU isn’t paying for this kids funeral. They are a bunch of bullies who hate police and anyone else they can create drama for. Let me guess, because he was black? Or because he had died from a pre-existing condition? In my humble opinion, if you dumbass criminals have such conditions, then don’t commit crimes. And definately don’t get into any high stress situations, especially with police. But I guess the ACLU doesn’t recognize any of that. Do they have to make an X amount number of claims per year to keep their “standing” as far as to be recognized? Fucking waste of skin idiots.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Usual story..but he was such a good boy..which is reason he was dragging kid down the street and ran away from cop..no money here mom..get a job

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

The ACLU is trying to make another "Ferguson" out of it. I am betting if the officers had merely smiled and waved at the guy and drove away the ACLU would have still been pissed. A friend of mine who was involved in an Officer-Involved Shooting a few years ago said he was asked by a state investigator whether he considered running away from the guy beating him. His response was classic: "They don't pay me to run away from suspects!"

Backtheblue704
Backtheblue704

I think the officers involved did their job very well. At no point did I see excessive force. Obviously the ACLU is trying to start something with this and it's sad. If the young man had complied to begin with he could still be alive. And as for the whole mental diagnosis, officers are trained to know and identify certain mental issues as it's a course required to get their degree.

Hannibal
Hannibal

That was NOT brutality. I am sick and tired of false allegations against our heroes in blue. They stopped a kidnapping of a child and possibly something worse.

HH3
HH3

I would love to see EVERY one of the ALCU have to ride with an officer for at least a month before they start making claims.

Four hours on Friday and Saturday nights for a month. Then make your case........ Until then - shut up!!

Katarina
Katarina

ACLU is a joke and only exists to cause controversy. They put police on blast when they are unaware of a person having mental illness, here, they are putting them on blast for recognizing mental illness. ACLU has NO credibility. They are totally irrelevant. Their publicity scheme doesn't even match what we can see with our own eyes in the video.

Bigg59
Bigg59

Job well done guys every one was professorial in this arrest. It was this suspects time. The ACLU should have no quarrel with this no brutality here here

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

such a waste of life...

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Here we go again! I here the city cash register just a ringing now! It's great she felt so much sorrow over the loss of her boy and how much complaining she did while the officers were brutilizing him on HER front porch!

uarew
uarew

This happened right up the road for me. I notice in the article they left out the mother of Anton gave the officer the Narcan to give to him. Anton's parents were cooperative, but as soon as he passed away, they started talking police brutality though they were there the whole time. It makes me sick as his parents will rake in big bucks by shouting one word: Racism.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Eric Garner anyone?

NickyJ
NickyJ

Though shit. Maybe mama should have a better on him

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Tarnished Copper said "The ACLU is trying to make another "Ferguson" out of it"

Agreed....although the ACLU is > always< trying to make another Ferguson situation ....as that idea is what will garner support from the black community. This community typically does not accept facts. They prefer a scenario which will allow and encourage them to blame others for their own faults and problems. This behavior is called "avoidance".The ACLU looks for situations and incidents which will keep them relevant and which will also ensure the ACLU's own existence. This is also how Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson existed for decades.....and how now Kamala, and Booker, and similar will use these issues and for the same reasons. A black political candidate can and will seek the same "ammunition" to mold and shape the black community as if they were clay. Its their playing the race card ....but on a much grander scale.