Jurors watched a video Thursday a witness took of the arrest of Kyron Hinton in Raleigh last year that showed the moment after Wake County Deputy Cameron Broadwell arrived on the scene and unleashed his canine.
Broadwell is on trial for felony assault for his role in Hinton’s arrest on April 3, 2018.
Vicki Hinton, Kyron’s mother, is attending the trial. Her son passed away earlier this year of an apparent overdose.
She said it’s been challenging to see Broadwell in the room.
“I have to love him because I’m a Christian, but I’d love to beat his butt,” she said. “Yes, I’m gonna sit through the trial. But, my heart is broken for America, my son, all sons.”
She described watching the video in court by saying she felt a “broken heart, pain, anger, bitterness because it wasn’t necessary.”
Candis Cox was one of the witnesses driving in the area who called 911 after seeing Kyron Hinton that night standing in the middle of the road in an area near Raleigh Boulevard and Yonkers Road. She took the video the jurors watched.
Cox testified she called 911 a second time after becoming concerned Hinton might have had a gun. Law enforcement officers say that turned out to be his cell phone.
Cox described the moments after Broadwell arrived at the scene. She said, “It was very fast, and that the gentleman did not have time to comply and that I thought it seemed as though the man’s actions didn’t warrant the response from the police.”
State Trooper Zachary Bumgardner happened to be in the area that night and saw Hinton.
“I don’t think he knew who I was or what I was doing,” he said. “I don’t think he knew where he was.”
He said he determined within about “15 to 30 seconds” that Hinton was holding a cell phone as opposed to a gun.
Joe Zeszotarski, an attorney for Broadwell, previously told jurors he acted in part based on information he’d heard the callers to 911 report as well as what he saw when arriving on the scene.
“Cameron at that point felt, the evidence will be, that he had to act. He didn’t have any choice. He made a split-second decision to act,” he said.