Karon Hylton-Brown (2020)

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Overview

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 September 24, 2021, Sutton and Zabavsky pleaded not guilty.[8]

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]

On December 21, 2022, Sutton was found guilty of second-degree murder, conspiracy to obstruct, and obstruction of justice. Zabavsky was found guilty of conspiracy to obstruct and obstruction of justice.[9]

Video

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

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