Officer Charged After Video Showed Him Beating Black Man Accused Of Jaywalking

Officer Charged After Video Showed Him Beating Black Man Accused Of Jaywalking

The Asheville City Council released a statement to the community Thursday after claims of excessive use of force by the Asheville Police Department.

Asheville's police chief said she will resign if people want her to, in the aftermath of a leaked body-camera video showing one of her former police officers beating a man who was accused of jaywalking.

It began around midnight on august 25 when officer Christopher Hickman and a police trainee stopped 33-year-old Johnnie Jermaine Rush in Asheville and accused him of jaywalking and trespassing through a parking lot, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The Asheville police chief put Hickman on desk duty immediately following the beating last August, and he resigned from the force after an internal investigation determined that he should be fired.

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

On Monday, the city of Asheville filed a petition with the court to release the body camera footage to the public.

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After making the arrest, Hickman can be heard taunting Rush as he places him in the back of the police auto. However, Hickman, who is White, didn't listen to Rush, who was suspected of jaywalking and trespassing.

The footage shows an officer punching a man in the head and tasing him while he's on the ground.

Following an SBI investigation, Hickman resigned, and will probably be charged later this year.

The FBI is also conducting its own investigation of the incident. "I'm not going to lie about that", Hickman later says.

Hickman shouts "Motherfucker" as he chases, saying "You know what's amusing, you're going to get fucked up hardcore" as he continues to pursue Johnnie.

Video shows the officers take off in pursuit and Hickman yelled after him: "You know what's amusing is you're going to get f**ked up hardcore".

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However, District Attorney Todd Williams also called for a separate enquiry into the leaking of the video in a tweet earlier in March.

DE LA CANAL: I wonder about the man Johnny Jermaine Rush.

Ferguson told Carolina Public Press on Friday that the firm is investigating the details of the case and a lawsuit against the city of Asheville is "in the mix" as the firm consults with its client.

The video sparked outrage in the community and citizens were questioning the police chief about why the video was withheld from the public for so long.

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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