Video of police beating black man surfaces, community reacts angrily

11 March, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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The City Council issued a statement Wednesday saying: "we are furious that no one thought that we - Asheville's elected leaders - needed to know about this incident".

A former police officer faces assault charges after body camera video appears to show him beating and using an electronic stunning device on a man accused of jaywalking.

Prosecutors say Hickman beat, chocked and used a stun gun on Johnnie Rush, 33, of Asheville, after he was stopped on august 24 for allegedly jaywalking. The city also voted in a specially called meeting to release the personnel file of Officer Hickman.

Rush, who suffered severe bruising as a result of the incident, screams "I can't breathe" after being tasered and pinned to the ground.

Peterkin, who wrote the book "How To Stop For A Cop," cringed while watching body-camera footage of Johnnie Jermaine Rush's August 25 arrest. Rush takes off on foot and Hickman chases him.

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What do you think of Christopher Hickman? On Thursday, the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office announced Hickman had been arrested on charges including felony assault by strangulation and communicating threats.

At one point Rush attempts to run, and Hickman says "You know what's amusing is you're going to get f--ed up hardcore".

Hickman resigned from the department sometime before january 19, according to a memo obtained by the Citizen Times. The criminal investigation into Hickman's actions did not start until after he resigned, and wrapped up a week after the video of the beating was leaked to the Asheville Citizen-Times, which first published it and made the incident public.

Also in attendance was Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper who spoke on moving past the incident.

When they stopped him again, Johnnie loses his temper at the two officers and tells them to stop harassing him for "fucking walking" home after a tiring day at work.

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All charges against Rush have been dismissed.

The video, released in a story by the Citizen-Times last week, shows a police officer punching a man in the head and Tasering the man on the ground. Rush was taken to the hospital following the tense encounter, where he accused Hickman of being abusive toward him and using a racial slur, the Citizen Times reported.

Hickman appeared in court Friday and said he would be retaining a private lawyer, the station reports.

Blake characterizes Rush, the victim, as "an incredibly humble grateful man". The FBI is now investigating.

The firm representing Rush is no stranger to high-profile civil rights cases including seeking justice for the "Wilmington 10" and for school desegregation in Charlotte.

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