Two officers involved in Raleigh man's beating placed on paid leave
Posted June 7, 2018 5:39 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:14 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Two of the law enforcement officers charged with beating a Raleigh man have been placed on investigatory placement, which is paid leave.
Deputy Cameron Broadwell and State Highway Patrol 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 in connection to the April 3 beating of 29-year-old Kyron Hinton.
Blake and Davis are now on investigatory placement while authorities continue to investigate.
The incident occurred near the intersection of North Raleigh Boulevard and Yonkers Road when officers responded to reports of a man with a gun yelling at passing cars.
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.
Video from dashboard and body-worn 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.
As the struggle to subdue and handcuff Hinton continues, the order comes a dozen more times – rapidly and filled with expletives.
The indictments allege Broadwell and Blake beat and kicked Hinton and that Davis hit him with her flashlight.
During a news conference on June 3, Hinton's mother said her son has a mental health problem and now suffers from PTSD.