Karon Hylton-Brown (2020)

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On October 23, 2020, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia Officers Terence Sutton, Carlos Tejera, Ahmed Al-Shrawl, and Cory Novick were in an unmarked car and observed Hylton-Brown riding a rental electric scooter without a helmet and driving on a sidewalk. Sutton attempt a traffic stop, and Lieutenant Andrew Zabavsky joined with his marked police car. Hylton-Brown refused to yield to the officers. After a three-minute chase, Hylton-Brown's scooter emerged from an alley and collided with another car. [1] [2][3]

Department policy forbids officers from pursuing a vehicle for a traffic violation.[4]

After returning to the police station, Sutton denied engaging in a vehicular pursuit of Hylton-Brown, and Zabavsky withheld all information about his involvement in the incident, and both officers omitted any mention of Hylton-Brown's serious injuries.[5]

October 25, 2020, Hylton-Brown succumbed to his injuries from the crash.[6]

October 29, 2020, four D.C. police officers were placed on non-contact leave. D.C. police released two redacted videos showing body-worn camera footage.[7]

On September 23, 2021, Sutton was indicted on a local charge of second-degree murder and federal charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.[6][5]

The indictment alleges that Sutton caused Hylton-Brown’s death by "driving a police vehicle in conscious disregard for an extreme risk of death or serious bodily injury to Hylton-Brown."[5]

Zabavsky was indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. [5]

On October 20, 2021, Hylton-Brown's family filed a $100 million lawsuit against the city and five officers, citing violations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and seven violations of state law.[3]


Community Briefing Video: Karon Hylton

Driver Officer BWC Full Video Redacted: Karon Hylton

Karon Hylton – Passenger Officer BWC Full Video Redacted

News report includes home security footage

Chief Contee addresses the indictment of two MPD members 2021-09-24

Officers Involved

Official Reports

Additional Sources


  1. Police Release Body Camera Footage of Karon Hylton-Brown's Fatal Crash, yahoo.com, 2020-10-30
  2. D.C. Police Officer Indicted On Murder, Conspiracy Charges In Death Of Karon Hylton-Brown, dcist, 2021-09-24
  3. 3.0 3.1 Karon Hylton-Brown lawsuit, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 2021-10-20
  4. Vehicular Pursuits, Metropolitan Police Department, 2003-02-25
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Stamped Indictment, United States District Court, 2021-09-23
  6. 6.0 6.1 Two Officers Indicted on Charges in Death of 20-Year-Old Karon Hylton-Brown, U.S. Attorneys Office District of Columbia, 2021-09-24
  7. 4 DC Officers on Leave After Karon Hylton-Brown's Fatal Scooter Crash; Body Cam Video Released, NBC4 Washington, 2020-10-29