Man sues state over troopers’ role in videotaped beating
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man sued the state Tuesday over a videotaped beating that led to assault charges against two state troopers and a deputy.
Kyron Hinton argues the actions of the troopers showed negligence by their employer, the Department of Public Safety, according to his legal action filed with the state Industrial Commission. The judicial body hears civil cases against state agencies.
While Hinton’s complaint seeks unspecified damages, an accompanying affidavit says his medical bills and emotional distress have amounted to $1 million.
Dashboard camera video from the April 3 altercation shows Hinton standing in a road, moaning, as officers surround him. A canine handler approaches and orders him to the ground. When Hinton doesn’t comply, the officer releases the dog, which lunges and gets a mouthful of Hinton’s clothing. The canine handler then pulls him down, the video shows, and at least one other officer can be seen punching him while others hold his legs trying to subdue him.
Hinton’s lawyers wrote of that encounter that “severe mental and emotional distress is a natural and foreseeable consequence of the type of extreme and outrageous conduct engaged in” by the troopers.
The legal filing said Hinton was kicked in the side and hit in the head with a trooper’s flashlight so many times that it became covered in his blood.
Hinton has said that he suffered an eye injury during the arrest that required surgery and he has scars from being bitten by a law enforcement dog. He initially faced charges including disorderly conduct, but they were later dropped.
A Highway Patrol spokesman declined to comment Tuesday on the lawsuit, which was first reported by WTVD-TV.
Wake County Master Deputy Cameron Broadwell, the dog handler, was charged with two counts of felony assault in an indictment alleging that he hit Hinton with his hands and attacked him with the dog.
Troopers Michael G. Blake and Tabithia L. Davis were charged with one count each of felony assault in an indictment accusing them of hitting Hinton.
Broadwell’s attorneys have previously argued that Hinton was acting in a threatening manner, appeared intoxicated and refused to comply with commands from officers.
Lawyers for the troopers didn’t immediately respond to messages left seeking comment after work hours.
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