Wake County deputy, Highway Patrol officers won’t object to release of video
The attorneys representing a Wake County deputy accused of assaulting a homeless man say they will not protest the release of video from police body and dashboard cameras if tapes of 911 calls and law enforcement radio traffic from the April 3 incident are released at the same time. Rick Gammon, the Raleigh attorney representing Cameron Broadwell, the deputy charged with felonious assault and willfully failing to discharge duties, submitted his response on Thursday to a petition for release of the video footage from The News & Observer and WRAL News. In his response to the petition, Gammon offered a glimpse of a defense strategy for Broadwell – a strategy described by the attorney representing Kyron Dwain Hinton as trying to shift the blame for what happened that night to the victim. Broadwell was one of three law enforcement officers accused of beating and injuring Hinton with flashlights and a police dog. The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m.
April 3, when Hinton, 29, was confronted by officers as he stood in the middle of North Raleigh Boulevard near the intersection of Yonkers Road. Hinton has said he left a sweepstakes parlor shortly before the incident and was headed to downtown Raleigh when police stopped him. Hinton, who has said he had just lost all his money at Good Luck Sweepstakes, a place near the intersection, acknowledges being upset that night. At a news conference on the same afternoon that a Wake County grand jury handed up indictments against Broadwell and the two state troopers – Michael G. Blake and Tabithia L.
Davis, Hinton hinted at what video from that night would show. The state Highway Patrol has responded that it will not protest the release of video recorded that night, and Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman has given a similar response. Law enforcement officers had placed handcuffs and restraints on Hinton after he had been bitten by the police dog. Dawn Blagrove, a Carolina Justice Policy Center attorney who is representing Hinton, adamantly denied that he became threatening or combative toward the deputy and state troopers who confronted him the night of the alleged assault, especially after he was handcuffed and placed in leg restraints. Blagrove added Hinton had little recollection of what happened to him that night after he was attacked by Broadwell’s police dog and knocked unconscious with flashlights.
Blagrove, who spoke with The News & Observer on Thursday afternoon, said the criminal charges against the law enforcement officers highlight the need for a Wake County civilian advisory board that would have a voice and input in these types of cases.
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