A Washington D.C., police officer has been indicted for the homicide of a person on a moped who was fatally struck by a automobile throughout a 2020 chase and conspiring with one other officer to cover the circumstances of the collision, federal prosecutors stated.
Officer Terence Sutton, 37, pursued Karon Hylton-Brown, 20, simply after 10 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2020 after he noticed him on a moped with out a helmet on the sidewalk, all site visitors violations, authorities stated. In the course of the chase, Sutton reached speeds of greater than double the pace restrict on residential streets and at one level drove the improper means on a one-way road, the Justice Department stated.
Hylton was finally struck by a civilian automobile in an alley. He sustained extreme head trauma and died two days later. The pursuit appeared to violate the Metropolitan Police Division’s coverage prohibiting chases. Excessive-speed chases are barred over minor site visitors offenses.
One other officer, Lt. Andrew Zabavsky, 53, is charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Each officers pleaded not responsible Friday.
Hylton’s loss of life got here after months of nationwide protests calling for police reform following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and sparked two days of demonstrations in Washington.
Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee stated Friday that the division would totally cooperate with the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace, noting, “That is the method of accountability.”
Prosecutors allege each officers conspired to cover the occasions that led to Hylton’s loss of life, reminiscent of failing to inform superior officers concerning the seriousness of his accidents. As well as, lower than 21 minutes after the collision, they allegedly deactivated their physique cameras and did not take statements from witnesses on the scene.
Prosecutors stated each officers “offered a deceptive account of the incident to the Watch Commander,” in keeping with courtroom paperwork.
“Sutton denied partaking in a vehicular pursuit of Hylton-Brown, Zabavsky withheld all details about his involvement within the incident, and each officers omitted any point out of Hylton-Brown’s severe accidents,” the indictment states. “Due to their deceptive account, no investigation by different MPD parts, together with MCS and IAD, was initiated at the moment.”
Sutton faces as much as 65 years in jail whereas Zabavsky faces 25 years. Each have been launched from police custody Friday. A courtroom listening to is scheduled for Oct. 4.
The Related Press contributed to this report.