Raleigh man beaten by officers increasingly agitated during weekend 911 call
Posted June 4, 2018 5:06 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 1:43 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh man who was bitten by a police dog and kicked and punched during an April arrest was having mental health issues this weekend when he called 911 and later lashed out as authorities tried to help him, according to supporters.
Kyron Dwain Hinton, 29, was cited early Sunday with assault on a law enforcement officer.
Hinton called 911 at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday to report a shooting in the 2300 block of Golden Avenue.
"I need someone to come immediately. Someone's been shot," he told a 911 dispatcher.
When asked for an address where deputies should go, he responded, "I don't know who it was."
At the same time, Hinton's mother called 911 from her home on Golden Avenue seeking help for him.
"I need to get my son home. He feels like someone wants to hurt him," Vicki Hinton said.
When dispatchers realized the two calls were connected, one asked Vicki Hinton about the reported shooting.
"He's telling us that someone's been shot," the dispatcher said.
"I don't know about all that," Vicki Hinton replied.
In his nearly seven-minute 911 call, Kyron Hinton became increasingly upset.
"I need you to tell me exactly what happened," the dispatcher said.
"They are still out there. Can you please come now?" he pleaded.
Deputies found no evidence of a shooting, and residents said there was no shooting Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Residents said Kyron Hinton was screaming and appeared to be out of control that night and that deputies appeared to be trying to help him.
"The deputies observed Mr. Hinton. He was sweating profusely. He was agitated," Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.
Deputies called EMS and helped get Hinton to the ambulance.
"When he got inside the EMS truck, they were trying to do whatever they do medically. He became really agitated and started kicking and swinging. That's when he struck one of our deputies," Harrison said.
After he was cited, he was taken to WakeMed for psychiatric treatment.
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.
Kyron 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.
Charges filed against Hinton during the arrest were dismissed, and all three officers were placed on administrative duty.
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.
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Harrison said deputies knew they were dealing with Hinton early Sunday because he had identified himself in the 911 call.
"I think, once they recognized and realized, 'Hey, this is Kyron. This is the same gentleman we dealt with the first time,' [they knew] we got to handle this the right way," said Diana Powell, founder of Justice Served NC, which advocates for community-based alternatives to prison.
Powell and others questioned why Hinton was cited when, they say, it should have been obvious to deputies he was having a mental health crisis.
"This is exactly what happened on April 3. He was in a crisis. He could not respond to any commands. This is where he is again," said Kimberly Muktarian, president of Save Our Sons, which advocates for criminal justice reform.
"How can you cite him when you clearly know, with so much information that's been in the news, that he has a mental health issue?" Powell said.
Harrison said Hinton was treated like anyone else would have been in the same situation, despite what he was saying to the deputies and paramedics.
"He did make some statements that he wanted to murder somebody," he said.
Deputies recorded video of the Sunday incident, and WRAL News has asked a judge to order its release.