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Kyron Hinton, a Raleigh man prominently beaten by police in 2018, has been found dead

Dashcam video shows incident between Raleigh man in street and law enforcement officers and police dog

Dashboard video from a NC Highway patrol camera synched with audio from Wake County Sheriff's Deputy Broadwell camera show a Wake County sheriff's deputy release his police dog on Kyron Dwain Hinton, who was already surrounded by other officers.
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Dashboard video from a NC Highway patrol camera synched with audio from Wake County Sheriff's Deputy Broadwell camera show a Wake County sheriff's deputy release his police dog on Kyron Dwain Hinton, who was already surrounded by other officers.

Kyron Hinton, whose beating by law enforcement in 2018 led to criminal charges against three Highway Patrol troopers and one sheriff’s deputy, has died, Raleigh police and an advocate for Hinton have confirmed.

Raleigh police were called Saturday evening to the 700 block of Cooper Road, police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said in a statement. When officers arrived at 6:55 p.m., emergency medical personnel were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Hinton. Those personnel then took Hinton to WakeMed, where he was pronounced dead, Hourigan said.

The cause of death has not been determined, and the investigation continues, she added.

Diana Powell, executive director of Justice Served NC and an advocate for Hinton, had confirmed Hinton’s death Saturday night.

“We still don’t know what happened,” she said in a brief phone interview. “I just know that they found him in the house.”

Hinton led a turbulent life.

In April, two State Highway Patrol troopers and a Wake County sheriff’s deputy were accused of using excessive force while arresting Hinton at North Raleigh Boulevard and Yonkers Road, The N&O reported. Hinton also was bitten by the deputy’s dog.

The next month, a Wake County grand jury returned indictments charging the troopers, Michael Blake and Tabithia Davis, with assault inflicting bodily injury and willfully failing to discharge duties. They were fired in June.

Six months later, a grand jury returned additional indictments against them for felony charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice. Their supervisor the night of the beating, Sgt. R.T. Goswick, was also indicted and was fired.

The sheriff’s deputy, Cameron Broadwell, was charged with felony assault and put on administrative duty.

Kyron Dwain Hinton talks with reporters after a Wake County grand jury handed up indictments Tuesday against three law enforcement officers, accusing them of beating and injuring a Raleigh man with flashlights and a police dog on April 3, 2018.

On June 3, 2018, Hinton was cited in an assault on a Wake sheriff’s deputy, The N&O reported.

The Wake sheriff’s office was responding to a reported shooting in the 2300 block of Golden Avenue in Raleigh and found no shooting victim but found Hinton behind a residence, the sheriff’s office reported. Deputies asked EMS to evaluate Hinton, and EMS personnel, Hinton’s mother and deputies got him into an ambulance, the sheriff’s office reported.

“Once in the ambulance, Mr. Hinton became combative and resisted treatment,” the sheriff’s office reported in an email to The N&O. “During the evaluation, Mr. Hinton kicked a deputy.”

Video shows Wake deputies and EMS working to restrain a highly agitated Kyron Hinton in an ambulance. At 2:49 in the video, a voice is heard warning him to stop kicking. Hinton was cited for assault on an officer as a result of the incident.

In September 2018, Hinton was charged by police with assault on a law enforcement officer; damage to government property; resist, delay and obstruct; and second-degree trespassing, The N&O reported on Sept. 21.

At that time, police said, officers were sent to Longview Grocery at 2405 Poole Road to check on a disturbance. They said a man, later identified as Hinton, was swinging a bottle of bleach and an ash trash stand. Hinton continued to kick and resist when the officers tried to secure him, police said.

Wake County court records show Hinton was scheduled to appear in court March 15 on misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer, trespassing, assaulting a government official or employee and injuring personal property.

Vicki Hinton, mother of Kyron Dwain Hinton, a 29-year-old man whose claims of assault by officers on April 3, 2018 led to criminal charges being filed against a Wake sheriff's deputy and two state troopers says her son needs mental health treatment.

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Martha Quillin is a general assignment reporter at The News & Observer who writes about North Carolina culture, religion and social issues. She has held jobs throughout the newsroom since 1987.


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