“At the conclusion of legal proceedings, regardless of the outcome, MPD is then authorized to conduct its own administrative investigation,” the chief said.
Hylton-Brown’s death last year sparked days of protests and riots outside the police precinct in the neighborhood where the incident took place
Hylton-Brown was driving a Revel scooter on the sidewalk on October 23 without a helmet, prompting officers to turn on their emergency lights and attempt to make a traffic stop, police said in a news release at the time.
Sutton was driving an unmarked police car that Friday night with three other unidentified officers inside and Zabavsky was alone in his marked police car, according to the indictment.
They both pursued Hylton-Brown since “driving a moped on the sidewalk and riding a moped without a helmet are municipal traffic violations,” die klagstaat gesê.
Sutton pursued Hylton-Brown for more than three minutes through neighborhood streets, die klagstaat gesê, and at times accelerated “to more than double the residential speed limit,” die klagstaat gesê, adding that the pursuit lasted for more than 10 blokke.
While Zabavsky assisted in initiating the pursuit and activated his emergency lights, he was separated from the pursuit after several blocks, and continued to drive in a parallel path, communicating with Sutton over a closed police radio channels about their locations in an attempt to intercept Hylton-Brown, die klagstaat gesê.
“This channel was not broadcast to the communications dispatcher responsible for coordinating vehicle pursuits or the District Watch Commander, the MPD official to whom Zabavsky reported,” die klagstaat gesê.
Sutton tailed Hylton-Brown into an alleyway, deactivated his emergency lights and sirens and accelerated behind him as Hylton-Brown approached the alley’s exit, where he was struck by an oncoming civilian vehicle, according to the indictment.
“The impact ejected Hylton-Brown off the moped and across the full width of the alley,” die klagstaat gesê.
Several seconds later, when Zabavsky arrived at the scene, “Hylton-Brown lay in the street motionless, unconscious, and with a pool of blood collecting underneath his head,” die klagstaat gesê.
Neither Sutton and Zabavsky notified the team responsible for investigating traffic crashes involving serious injuries or death, nor did they inform officials in the chain of command about the pursuit and Hylton-Brown’s injuries, die klagstaat gesê.
The two “took control of the scene and deliberately neglected to execute their duties properly,” dit het bygevoeg.
“Minder as 21 minutes after the collision, before leaving the scene, Sutton and Zabavsky deactivated their MPD-issued body-worn cameras (BWCs) and conferred privately” and at the precinct provided a “misleading account of the incident,” according to the indictment.
Sutton denied that he engaged in a pursuit of Hylton-Brown, and Zabavsky withheld information about his involvement in the incident, die klagstaat gesê, adding they both “omitted any mention of Hylton-Brown’s serious injuries.”
Hylton-Brown suffered severe head trauma and died two days later from his injuries, according to the indictment.
It wasn’t until after Zabavsky learned of how serious Hylton-Brown’s injuries were that he came clean to a superior, according to the indictment.
Sutton had been with the MPD for more than 10 years and was assigned to the Crime Suppression Team, while Zabavsky had been with the MPD for 18 years and supervised the officers in the same district Sutton was assigned to.
Op Vrydag, Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui ordered Sutton to home detention and Zabavsky to a high-intensity supervised program that includes electronic monitoring and a curfew.
Sutton’s attorney, J. Michael Hannon, said his client has been suspended without pay since the incident and has received death threats. As skuldig bevind, Sutton faces the maximum of life in prison. The next court date is October 4.
The two are currently on administrative leave, Contee, the police chief said during the news conference.
“What happens, the members were served today with a notice of intent to suspend them indefinitely,” hy het gesê. “There’s an appeal process that they’re able to go through and once they go through that process, at the end of it, a final determination will be made as of their status.”