Video shows Kyron Hinton in ambulance in situation that resulted in his being cited for assault on officer
Kyron Hinton was in an agitated state on Sunday when Wake County sheriff's deputies and paramedics showed up at his mother's house.
Two months had passed since the 29-year-old man's encounter with law enforcement officers in the middle of a Raleigh street that led to criminal charges against two state troopers and a Wake deputy.
Vicki Hinton, Kyron Hinton's mother, had called emergency dispatchers Sunday asking for help.
Video released on Friday shows Kyron Hinton being walked from his mother's house to an ambulance, where a Wake County deputy alleges he was kicked.
A deputy can be heard on the video telling Hinton to stop kicking. It was after paramedics had given him a shot to calm him down and while he was restrained on the ambulance bed.
Paramedics and deputies were at Hinton's mother's home on Golden Avenue on Sunday after emergency dispatchers received two phone calls.
"I need to get my son home," Vicki told a 911 dispatcher. "He feels like someone wants to hurt him."
Kyron Hinton also called 911 and reported a shooting. But deputies found no evidence of any shooting or a gun.
When they realized whose home they were at, deputies began to record the incident with their mobile phones. Superior Court Judge A. Graham Shirley ordered their release after The News & Observer and other media outlets requested them.
The videos show Hinton calling out for help as paramedics, deputies and his mother walk him to an ambulance.
Once in the ambulance, paramedics struggle to give him a shot to calm him down.
"Mama," Hinton calls out. "Help me."
"I'm here, Ky," his mother says. "Just calm down, son. Calm down. Calm down."
"You gotta relax, man," a man tells him as paramedics and deputies tend to him.
"Help me," Hinton says.
"We're right here for you," another man at the scene says as Hinton tries to pull up his pants.
"Why ya trying to kill me, man?" Hinton says.
"No they're not, Ky," his mom responds.
"They're going to kill me," Hinton says.
Deputies tried to reassure him they were there to help him.
In one video, a deputy can be heard telling Hinton, while he was restrained by others inside the ambulance, "Hey stop, stop kicking."
Diana Powell, who is executive director of Justice Served NC and an advocate for Hinton, said earlier this week that Hinton's behavior on Sunday was similar to April 3, when he had another encounter with law enforcement officers.
Hinton suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket and numerous dog bites on April 3 after a Wake County deputy unleashed his K-9 on him.
Three law enforcement agencies responded to the calls about Hinton that night.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol was the first on the scene, and Raleigh police officers followed. The situation, according to the video, remained calm until Wake County Deputy Cameron Broadwell arrived on the scene with his police dog, Loki.
Broadwell has been charged with three felonies — assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault inflicting serious bodily injury and willfully failing to discharge duties. N.C. troopers Michael G. Blake and Tabithia L. Davis have both been charged with assault inflicting bodily injury and willfully failing to discharge duties.
Prosecutors have accused the three of beating and injuring Hinton with flashlights and the deputy's dog in a case that has raised questions about excessive force.
"Mr. Hinton experienced another phobia attack as a result of the recent trauma at the hands of law enforcement and a weaponized police dog," Powell said during a press conference.
The deputy's "presence and the thought of the presence of a police dog further disoriented Mr. Hinton," Powell said. "Mr. Hinton has been unable to work and (is) exhibiting symptoms of PTSD in the aftermath of the disgusting use of force by police two months ago. ... It is sickening."
On Sunday, dogs can be heard barking outside Hinton's mother's house.
While in the ambulance, Hinton reacts when someone mentions having a flashlight.
The Sunday incident raises new questions about the public release of police videos, especially those shot in the presence of EMS workers and at medical facilities.
WakeMed and Wake County EMS objected to the release of videos, because footage shows paramedics and hospital personnel.
The judge ordered the faces of hospital employees to be blurred, and for a 45-second clip that scans a common area of the emergency department to be removed. But he said the faces of paramedics will be not blurred.
"I don't see that they need protecting in this case," the judge said. "That's not to say they won't in another case."