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VIDEO: Bodycam Captures Moment Suspect On Moped Crashes Into SUV, Sparking Riots

Washington, DC – The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) released bodycam video that showed what happened when 20-year-old Karon Hylton fled officers on his moped and crashed into another vehicle (video below).

The incident occurred at about 10:10 p.m. on Oct. 23 after police saw Hylton driving a Revel electric moped down the sidewalk in the 500-block of Kennedy Street, NW, The Washington Post reported.

Hylton was not wearing a helmet, which is illegal, and was also breaking the law by riding the scooter on a sidewalk through the Brightwood Park neighborhood.

Police tried to stop the scooter but Hylton fled, according to the DCist.

Bodyworn camera from the driver of the police car that was directly behind Hylton showed more details of what happened the night he crashed.

Hylton could be seen on his moped crossing in front of the officers’ in their police car just as the video began.

Audio doesn’t begin until more than two minutes into the video because the officer driving didn’t activate his bodycam until after the wreck.

Bodycam showed that after Hylton cut in front of the officers on his moped, the driver – identified by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser as MPD Officer Terrence Sutton – turned the vehicle around and followed him.

Then he activated the police vehicle’s lights, the video showed.

The officers followed the moped for about a minute at a normal rate of speed, and when Hylton pulled a sudden U-turn at an intersection, the video showed Officer Sutton made a three-point turn and resumed following the moped.

In the video, the officers followed Hylton for several blocks while he traversed sidewalks, alleys, streets, and failed to stop at more than one stop sign.

Then the video showed that Hylton led the officers down an alleyway and when he emerged in the 700-block of Kennedy Street, NW, he slammed directly into the side of a moving SUV that was driving down the road.

Bodycam video showed Hylton flew off his moped and landed about 15 feet away from it on the street.

The shocked driver of the vehicle that Hylton crashed into stopped farther down the block, the video showed.

Officers performed First Aid until the ambulance arrived and then the moped driver was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

DC Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that he doesn’t have the details yet about why the officers were trying to stop the moped.

“I don’t want to talk about this particular incident because we don’t know all of the facts,” Chief Newsham explained.

In the video, one of the officers called “Karon” by name after the wreck, prompting speculation that the two were acquainted.

Community members have alleged that Officer Sutton has a reputation for harassing kids in the Brightwood Park neighborhood, and Hylton’s mother has claimed that her son was being targeted by police.

Chief Newsham explained officers are not allowed to pursue fleeing vehicles but said the department needed to investigate to determine if police were making a traffic stop or in pursuit when Hylton crashed, The Washington Post reported.

“We don’t know what the officers knew at the time and what the impetus was for the stop,” the chief said on Oct. 29.

He explained the procedure was for the case to be investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, who would then provide their investigative file to the DC police.

That’s when MPD’s Internal Affairs will investigate and make any determinations about possible policy violations, Chief Newsham told reporters.

Police officials are not allowed to talk to the officers involved until after the U.S. Attorney’s Office is done with them, WJLA reported.

“I don’t know if it was a traffic stop or something else, but if it was, they should have activated their bodyworn cameras at the start,” the chief said.

He said there was no contraband found at the scene of the crash.

The officers involved in the incident have been place on administrative leave, WJLA reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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