A North Carolina grand jury indicted three law enforcement officers accused of attacking an unarmed homeless man, according to The News & Observer.
Wake County sheriff’s deputy Cameron Broadwell and North Carolina state highway patrol troopers Michael G. Blake and Tabitha L. Davis are charged with felony assault and willfully failing to discharge duties. The officers are accused of assaulting Kyron Dwain Hinton with flashlights and a police dog on April 3.
Hinton was crossing a street after he lost all of his money playing the lottery when he was approached by the officers. Hinton, who was homeless at the time, admits he was initially hostile due to his loss, but says he wasn’t threatening.
"I was angry," he said. "I didn't say I wasn't, and I was moving my arms and hands from side to side, but not with a threatening action."
The 29-year-old said he was “talking junk. I was saying, 'Why you stopped me? This is some bullsh*t.' I didn't threaten nobody. I didn't have a gun."
He says he was punched in the face and when he fell, a police dog bit his side.
"I didn't hit nobody," he said. "Didn't grab nobody. I really couldn't."
Hinton says after he was handcuffed, he felt his pants being pulled down and the dog sniffing him.
The officers told a different story.
In their account of things, Hinton was “engaging in violent conduct." They also said he hit the dog in its face. He was further accused of gesturing his hands to imply he was carrying a handgun.
Hinton was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting a public officer and assault on a law enforcement animal, but the charges were dropped on May 7. After his encounter with the officers, he spent three days being treated for a fractured eye socket, broken nose and numerous dog bites.
Hinton is happy about the indictment of the law enforcement officials, but knows this is only the start of the process.
"I am ecstatic about that, but it is the beginning," Hinton said during a press conference on Tuesday. "We are going to keep pressing forward for absolute justice, which would be a conviction."
According to WRAL, all three officers turned themselves in on Wednesday and were released on a $50,000 unsecured bond.