Petyo swearing in

In this file photo, former Greensboro Police Chief Michael Petyo, left, is sworn in by Greensboro Commissioner Michael Mackey at the town’s meeting Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.

Timeline 2013: Officer Thomas Webster IV charged with assault on an unarmed black man during an attempted arrest while working for Dover police. 2015: Webster is acquitted of assault charges. Early 2018: Webster is hired by then Greensboro Police Chief Michael Petyo. September 2018: Anton Black dies in police custody from complications from a pre-existing medical condition following an incident involving Webster and two off-duty officers from Ridgely and Centreville. January 2019: Webster is placed on paid administrative leave by the town, four months after Black’s death, after repeated requests from the community to do so. January 2019: Black’s death is ruled accidental. Jan. 31 2019: Petyo steps down as chief to join Camden Police Department in Delaware as deputy chief. February 2019: State agency that oversees police certification begins investigating the hiring of Webster by Greensboro PD, including his full history, 29 “use of force” reports from his career as an officer in Dover. July 2019: Webster decertified as a police officer by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Nov. 14 2019: Petyo charged by state with misconduct in office. Those charges are related to the commission’s decision to decertify Webster and Petyo’s alleged failure to disclose Webster’s complete career history to the commission, a charge Petyo previously denied.

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