Dateline August 5 2022: What Happened to Anton Black?
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What Happened to Anton Black? Summary
On Friday’s all-new Dateline NBC at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT, anchor Lester Holt will report on Anton Black, a 19-year-old Black man who died in 2018 while being taken into police custody in Maryland. The one-hour special, entitled What Happened to Anton Black?, investigates the warning signs the town of Greensboro, Maryland received about Thomas Webster, the officer who initially chased Black after receiving a 911 call that Black had been dragging another boy down the street, unaware that the two boys had known each other for years.
During the broadcast, Anton’s parents and sister open up about his death, which occurred after Webster, two additional police officers and a bystander restrained him on his front porch. Anton’s father tells Holt that Anton didn’t “attack” anyone or “rob a bank,” explaining, “He’s at his mother’s doorstep. All he wanted to do was go home. He’s home and you don’t get off of him? That’s not right.”
Holt also interviews Jason Johnson, the president of The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. Johnson tells Holt that Black’s death was a tragedy, but he didn’t “see any indication of malice” after watching the bodycam footage, adding that he thought it met “the professional standard.” When pressed, Johnson also told Holt, “I could tell you with some degree of certainty that Thomas Webster should not have been a Greensboro police officer at all.”
No charges were filed against Webster, and Black’s death was ruled accidental.
Additionally, What Happened to Anton Black? spotlights the parallels between the death of Black and the death of George Floyd, including that the same chief medical examiner reviewed both cases. Like Floyd, Black’s case galvanized a community seeking justice and touched many of the fault lines in the heated debate about policing in America.
What Happened to Anton Black? is produced by Dateline producers Chetna Joshi and Lynn Keller, supervising producer Dan Slepian and senior producers Joe Delmonico and Paul Ryan. David Corvo is the senior executive producer and Liz Cole is the executive producer.
What Happened to Anton Black? Videos
During Friday’s all-new special Dateline at 10/9c, the parents of Anton Black speak to anchor Lester Holt about his death, which occurred while he was being taken into police custody after multiple police officers and a bystander restrained him on his front porch.
Jason Johnson, the president of The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, speaks to Lester Holt about Anton Black, a 19-year-old who died while being taken into police custody after multiple police officers and a bystander restrained him on his front porch. More this Friday at 10/9c on a special Dateline.
What Happened to Anton Black? Summary
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`Dateline’ has been a staple of the newsmagazine genre since premiering in 1992. Given how long it’s been on the air, the show has an extensive archive of in-depth news stories and investigative journalism. This syndicated version offers viewers another chance to watch some of the show’s previous content, serving up real-life mysteries and in-depth investigations from the show’s 20-plus years on the air. Cases involving murders and missing people are frequent topics on the series that has won multiple Emmys in the news and documentary category.
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