Wake County deputy pleads guilty in assault trial for siccing K-9 on suspect
WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — Wake County deputy Cameron Broadwell was officially terminated from his position in the sheriff’s office after pleading guilty in court Monday for failing to carry out his duties during the 2018 arrest of Kyron Hinton, WTVD reports.
“The Wake County Sheriff’s Office has officially terminated (Cameron Broadwell’s) employment effective today,” Sheriff Gerald Baker said, 13 months after a video went viral of Deputy Broadwell siccing his K-9 partner on Kyron Hinton.
Per policy, deputies should only deploy dogs if the suspect poses an immediate threat, but Raleigh police officers who were at the scene testified at trial that they did not feel Hinton was an immediate threat.
Broadwell’s firing comes after his criminal trial for felony assault stopped in its tracks Monday morning. Broadwell broke down in tears as the felony charges were dropped in exchange for the deputy’s admission that he’s guilty of failing to discharge his duties.
Wake District Attorney Lorrin Freeman, who personally prosecuted the brutality case against Deputy Broadwell, urged major changes inside the sheriff’s K-9 division. She recommended dogs be used only to apprehend violent offenders, and, to look at adopting a no-bite policy, such as those used by other agencies across the country.
While Sheriff Baker did not offer specifics on upcoming policy changes, he did say the biting component of their K-9 rules is being looked at for revisions.