The Latest: Prosecutor isn’t seeking criminal charges
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a teenager while in police custody (all times local):
A Maryland prosecutor said he isn’t asking a grand jury to consider criminal charges in the death of a black teenager who struggled with police officers and experienced “sudden cardiac death.”
Caroline County State’s Attorney Joseph Riley said in a statement Thursday that his office isn’t empowered to prosecute what he termed “tragic acts.” An autopsy report says stress from 19-year-old Anton Black’s struggle with three officers and a civilian likely contributed to his death.
Riley cited the report of the chief medical examiner’s office. It said in part that while the stress and struggle with police officers combined with Black’s mental status and congenital heart defects contributed to his death, there was no evidence officers struck him or applied force to his neck.
A black teenager’s heart condition and mental illness were significant factors in his “sudden cardiac death” during a struggle with law enforcement officers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, according to an autopsy report.
The report, signed Wednesday by the state’s chief medical examiner, didn’t satisfy concerns by Anton Black’s family that police used excessive force on the 19-year-old before his Sept. 15 death in Caroline County.
The autopsy report says stress from Black’s struggle with three officers and a civilian likely contributed to his death. But the medical examiner’s office didn’t find any evidence that the “restraint” used by officers directly caused or significantly contributed to Black’s death.
Attorneys for Black’s family said in a statement Thursday that the autopsy documents his extensive injuries “in shocking detail.”