State Trooper Michael Blake, two other troopers and a Wake Sheriff’s deputy were charged for beating an innocent man, Kyron Hinton, in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 3, 2018 (MORE VIDEO BELOW).
Police claimed they received a series of phone calls about a man walking around at 10pm (not a crime). When police responded to the area, they found Hinton.
The scene appeared to be calm until Wake County Deputy Cameron Broadwell arrived on the scene with his police dog, Loki, and began screaming at Hinton: “Get on the ground now or you’re gonna get bit! Get on the ground or you’re gonna get bit. Get on the ground or you’re gonna get bit!”
After Broadwell released the police dog, law enforcement began beating Hinton for nearly five minutes.
Hinton initially was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting a public officer and assault on a law enforcement animal, but Wake prosecutors dismissed all charges against him, reported the News Observer.
Blake’s lawyer, Joe Cheshire, denied in 2018 that Blake ever assaulted Hinton or obstructed justice: “Trooper Blake will plead not guilty and continues to look forward to his day in court.”
However, felony assault charges against Blake were dropped in exchange for a plea to two misdemeanor charges of willful failure to discharge his duty in January 2020, notes WTVD.
Cheshire was now singing a different tune in court: “He has acknowledged his wrongdoing in this. He will never again be able to do what he gave his life to do.”
Hinton was hospitalized after the beating, which included an attack by a police dog.
Hinton died the day after receiving a $83,000 settlement from Wake County Sheriff’s Office following an excessive force investigation in February 2019, noted WTVD.
The medical examiner said Hinton died from cocaine toxicity and homicide.
Even though Hinton died, Blake was given a suspended sentence of 45 days, which means not time behind bars, but; he will have to complete 200 hours of community service.
WTVD notes:”In addition to being charged with assault with a deadly weapon, Blake was later charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice. Investigators said Blake gave misleading statements to State Highway Patrol about the arrest and his use of force.” Police dashcam video reportedly showed R.W. Goswick telling Troopers Tabithia L. Davis, Blake, Zachary C.Bumgardner to lie on their statements and report “no use of force on our part.”
Police dashcam video reportedly showed R.W. Goswick telling Troopers Tabithia L. Davis, Blake, Zachary C.Bumgardner to lie on their statements and report “no use of force on our part.”