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Police video shows latest encounter with Kyron Hinton

Posted June 8, 2018 4:11 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 1:43 p.m. EDT

— Police video released Friday shows law enforcement officers and paramedics try to comfort an emotional Kyron Dwain Hinton, the Raleigh man who was bitten by a police dog and kicked and punched during an April arrest, during an encounter last weekend.

Hinton, 29, was cited early Sunday with assault on a law enforcement officer after calling authorities to the 2300 block of Golden Avenue about a reported shooting.

Wake County deputies found no evidence of a shooting, only Hinton screaming. His mother also called 911 that night to request help for him.

"I need to get my son home. He feels like someone wants to hurt him," Vicki Hinton told the 911 dispatcher.

A deputy recorded the encounter with Kyron Hinton, and he is seen sitting in the back of an ambulance surrounded by deputies, paramedics and his mother.

"Mama," a distraught Hinton calls out. "Help me."

"I'm here, Ky. Just calm down, son," Vicki Hinton responds, patting his chest.

"You gotta relax, man," someone tells him as authorities try to restrain him.

"We're here for you," someone else says.

"They're going to kill me," Hinton wails.

"We're not trying to kill you," several people respond.

Vicki Hinton is heard questioning deputies about giving him medicine. They tell her the drugs need time to work.

More video reveals that Hinton was taken directly to the hospital.

Supporters said Kyron Hinton exhibited the same behavior on April 3, when he was arrested in a highly publicized incident that resulted in the indictment of two State Highway Patrol troopers and a Wake County deputy.

Officers were responding to reports of a man with a gun yelling at passing cars near the intersection of North Raleigh Boulevard and Yonkers Road when they confronted him.

Hinton said he suffered a broken eye socket, broken nose, multiple cuts on his head, "probably 20 bite marks" and memory loss after several officers pushed him up against a patrol car and beat him up while a Wake County Sheriff's Office K-9 bit him on his right arm, side and head.

Deputy Cameron Broadwell and troopers Michael Blake and Tabithia Davis have been indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and willfully failing to discharge duties. Broadwell also faces a charge of assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

Video from dashboard and body-work cameras from officers that night show State Highway Patrol troopers and Raleigh police officers initially surrounding an intoxicated Hinton in the middle of the street.

When Broadwell arrives with his K-9, Loki, he immediately puts the dog in the middle of the confrontation.

"Get on the ground or you're gonna get bit," Broadwell yells to Hinton three times before ordering Loki, "Get him, get him, get him."

Dashcam videos show Broadwell hitting Hinton as Loki takes him to the ground.

During the ensuing scrum with several officers, one officer is seen kicking Hinton, while another can be seen punching him as he refuses to give in to law enforcement. No gun was found on or near him.

In the audio for several dashcam videos, including Broadwell's and Blake's, someone repeatedly issues an order to hit Hinton in the head.

The indictments allege Broadwell and Blake beat and kicked Hinton and that Davis hit him with her flashlight.

Hinton's attorney, Donald Huggins, said Friday that they wanted a judge to order the release of the video from last weekend.

"This video will show that Mr. Hinton was experiencing a medical crisis," Huggins said. "Law enforcement and EMS exhibited nothing but professionalism in how they handled that crisis. We are thankful for the aid that they rendered to Mr. Hinton."

Huggins said he doesn't believe Hinton "exhibited any assaultive behavior against a law enforcement official" during the encounter.

After Hinton was taken to WakeMed for treatment, authorities cited him with the misdemeanor offense, saying he kicked and swung at deputies in the ambulance.

"It’s obvious that Mr. Hinton experienced some trauma, a great, tremendous amount of trauma back on April 3rd, and that the video does show that may have had some bearing on his mental state while he was going through this episode," Huggins said.