The Annapolis Police Department has released body-worn camera footage of an incident in 2021 that killed an Annapolis man. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death of Renardo Green a homicide and the cause as “prone restraint cardiac arrest” and drug use as a contributing factor.
The autopsy report was known to the police department and Mayor’s office for over a month but was only acknowledged when The Capital obtained the report and published the cause and manner of death.
Despite the homicide ruling, the State’s Attorney determined that Mr. Green’s death was not criminal in nature and will not seek, nor request a law enforcement agency, to seek any charges related to Mr. Green’s death.
However, the Office of the State’s Attorney is pursuing one criminal charge involving Annapolis Fire Department personnel. That charge is unrelated to Mr. Green’s death.
Green’s family has filed a suit against the City for $75 million. The City has asked to have the suit dismissed because it was “too vague.” However, the City refused to provide the body-worn camera footage to the family citing and ongoing investigation.
“It is our goal that accountability be a priority in our public safety team’s interactions with residents. At the request of the State’s Attorney, we held off on releasing footage during the investigative phase. Now that the investigation is complete, we want to be as transparent as possible and we are releasing the footage to both Mr. Green’s family and the public,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “I know our emergency response personnel are dedicated professionals who work to deliver quality care to residents. I believe the video footage demonstrates this and provides the full context of the emergency response. I also want to acknowledge the pain experienced by Mr. Green’s family and friends in the wake of these tragic circumstances and offer them my sincere condolences.”
The Capital has done a number of detailed stories on this incident and they can all be found here.
Below are the body-worn camera videos from the evening. CAUTION: These are graphic in content and language. The Annapolis Police Department has redacted portions to protect the privacy of people not involved.