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2 troopers, Wake deputy indicted in Raleigh man's assault

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Two members of the Highway Patrol and a Wake County deputy were indicted Tuesday in the beating of a Raleigh man during an arrest on April 3. 

Kyron Hinton said he was beaten during his arrest on Raleigh Boulevard. 

On Tuesday, two state troopers, Tabitha Davis and Michael G. Blake, were indicted on assault with deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury, and willfully failing to discharge duties.

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The K-9 deputy, Cameron Broadwell, was indicted for willfully failing to discharge duties, assault with deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury, and assault inflicting serious bodily injury. 

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"I was surprised in one way because I thought they were going to shove it under the rug, but also because I knew that what happened deserved justice," Hinton said after the indictments were handed up Tuesday.

According to the indictment, Davis and Blake are accused of hitting Hinton with their flashlights.

The indictment said Broadwell hit and kicked Hinton, and used his K-9 to cause harm.

The Highway Patrol released a statement following the indictments that read in part:

The Highway Patrol takes these allegations very seriously.  For that reason, these troopers have previously been placed on administrative duty and will remain on administrative duty while the Highway Patrol completes its own independent internal investigation related to their respective roles in the arrest of Mr. Hinton. 

Blake has been with the Highway Patrol for 11 years while Davis joined the organization in 2014.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said Broadwell has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the case. 

Broadwell, 36, was hired by the sheriff's office in Dec. 2008 and was promoted to the K-9 team in Dec. 2016. 

In a statement Wake County Sheriff, Donnie Harrison said, "I have full confidence in our judicial system and look forward to this being resolved in court."

According to an arrest warrant, Hinton was stopped for causing a public disturbance. It said he was yelling and screaming and implying he had a gun.

Raleigh police, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Wake County sheriff's deputies responded to the call where Hinton was arrested. 

Hinton ignored commands to get on the ground, and physically resisted when the officers handcuffed him, warrants say. Hinton also hit the K-9, Loki, in the head and face. 

Hinton denied those reports during a conversation with CBS 17 in late April. 

Court documents show he spent four days at WakeMed before being brought to jail.

Hinton said, as a result of the beating, he needs to have surgery on his eye and suffers memory loss. He would not answer questions about if he was on drugs the night of the arrest, but said he looks forward to testifying.

"I do say thank you to the DA and everyone who helped in the investigation. I am ecstatic about that, but it is the beginning. We're going to keep pressing forward for absolute justice which would be a conviction," he said

Hinton was charged with three misdemeanors: disorderly conduct, resisting a public officer and assault on a law enforcement animal.

The Wake County district attorney dismissed those charges May 7. 

The SBI is investigating the incident. 

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association said it was disappointed Broadwell was not allowed to testify before the Wake County Grand Jury about Hinton's arrest.

"The actions of officers are often made in a split second during rapidly evolving circumstances in matters where the officer’s sworn duties command their presence; it is certainly within the scope of reasonable fairness and justice that the Grand Jury would benefit from hearing directly from the officer," PBA said in a statement.  

The PBA said looks forward to supporting the deputy in court.

District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said a motion to allow Broadwell to testify was heard, and then denied by Judge Ridgeway, saying she doesn't know of a case in which a subject of a Grand Jury proceeding was allowed to testify before the Grand Jury.

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