RIDGELY — Brandon Jackson, 32, the older brother of Anton Black, was found dead Saturday, Feb. 2, in Ridgely, Police Chief Gary Manos confirmed Monday, Feb. 4, in a phone call.
Police and emergency medical services personnel responded about 2 p.m. to an apartment in the 500-block of Sunset Boulevard, Manos said, where they found Jackson unresponsive.
Manos said responders used every life-saving measure available to try to resuscitate Jackson, but those efforts were not successful.
Jackson’s body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
Manos noted the Ridgely Police Department would not typically report on a death like Jackson’s; he was responding to media requests.
Jackson is the older brother of Anton Black, the Greensboro teen who died in police custody in September.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help Jackson’s family pay for his funeral expenses. To donate, go to gofundme.com and search “In Loving Memory Brandon Jackson.”
Jackson was a consistent and visible part of the effort to push for answers in the death of his younger brother, Black, 19, who died Sept. 15, 2018, outside his family’s home in Greensboro while in police custody.
Jackson, whose most recent address was the same Greensboro home, attended Greensboro town council meetings wearing his younger brother’s numerous track meet medals, and spoke at a press conference and on a podcast.
“I would like to know why my little brother is dead,” Jackson said at the Dec. 17, 2018, press conference. “We’ve been asking for answers, and we’ve been getting nothing.”
In the weeks before Jackson’s death, law enforcement officials released the footage from the body camera worn by one of the responding officers in the September incident, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released its full autopsy, which said Black had died accidentally of cardiac arrest due to a congenital heart defect.
After Caroline County State’s Attorney Joe Riley said Jan. 24 he would not seek an indictment against the officers involved, Black’s family’s attorneys announced they would ask the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Black’s death.
The American Civil Liberties Union also released a statement calling for an independent investigation by the Maryland State Prosecutor or the U.S. Department of Justice.