Responding to increasing pressure from the family of 19-year-old Anton Black and an expansive community-based coalition the town of Greensboro, Maryland, announced Thursday evening it has retained independent legal counsel and placed Thomas Webster IV on administrative leave pending completion of the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigation into the September death of Black.
After waiting nearly two hours in a church behind the town hall local residents, alongside leaders and activists of the Coalition for Justice for Anton Black, received the long-awaited announcement with applause, relief and encouragement.
According to Richard Potter, representatives of the coalition plan to meet with the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, an organization of 50 statewide legislators, in Annapolis in coming days. The Maryland General Assembly began their annual session Tuesday.
Upon completion of the full report from the Maryland State Police the State’s Attorney of Caroline County has authority to decide if criminal charges will be filed against Webster and police from nearby jurisdictions.
The family of Black reiterated its demand that police body camera footage be publicly released.