Asheville African-American Man Punched and Stunned by Cop for Jaywalking

Asheville African-American Man Punched and Stunned by Cop for Jaywalking

The announcement, which also said no further comment would be forthcoming, comes days after the Asheville Police Department, where Hickman worked at the time of the alleged assault, submitted the results of its investigation into Hickman's actions.

A North Carolina police beating captured on a bodycam video, of an African-American man walking home after a 13-hour dishwashing shift at Cracker Barrel, has prompted charges against one former police officer, an FBI investigation and outrage within the community - and now - nationally.

Christopher William Hickman, who resigned from the Asheville Police Department in January, is facing charges of felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats in connection to the august 25 incident, the Buncombe District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Police body camera footage obtained by the Citizen Times last Wednesday showed Officer Chris Hickman beating the accused jaywalker identified as Johnnie Jermaine Rush with punches to his head, while he was being restrained by Hickman and another fellow officer.

The city of Asheville has filed a petition requesting that the Police Department release additional body camera footage from the night of Rush's arrest to provide the public with a "complete picture of the incident". "You know what's amusing is you're gonna get fu**ed up hardcore".

"I beat the s**t out of his head", Hickman says later to another officer.

Rush says several times he can not breathe after being taken to the ground and shocked with a stun gun.

The FBI has also launched an investigation into the incident, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. "I'm not going to lie about that", Hickman is heard saying.

As Hickman ran after Rush, he radioed a dispatcher, saying, "black male, tank top, thinks its amusing".

The documents show a supervisor responded to the use of force against Rush, but did not send the information to superiors immediately.

Asheville police boss Tammy Hooper said that she would leave on the off chance that it mitigated shock that has ejected over the video, however her offer comes after there has been trouble discovering somebody to explore the case. Assault charges against Rush were dropped soon after he filed an excessive force complaint.

Hickman resigned from the department sometime before January 19, according to a memo obtained by the Citizen Times.

Jackson wrote that Hickman ordered a review of all body camera footage taken by Hickman while on duty.

"The community deserves to know that the City takes Hickman's misconduct seriously, and that APD employees who engage in excessive force will be held accountable". CBS News was unable to reach Hickman or Rush. Hickman was charged with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats.

"This is a human rights issue, and Hickman should've been charged from day one", local Black Lives Matter leader DeLores Venable said during Wednesday's meeting, per the Citizen-Times report. He resigned instead at the beginning of a January meeting where he was scheduled to be terminated. "If no one would've leaked it [the video] or said something, we would be in the dark".

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