North Carolina police officer charged with assaulting black jayw


A former police officer in North Carolina was arrested and is facing assault charges after body camera video appears to show him beating a man for jaywalking. Something that won't be happening according to Hooper is an investigation into who leaked the tape of the beating to the Asheville Citizen-Times, which first published it. Police body camera footage is not public record in North Carolina, and in the wake of the release of the video of the Rush beating, both Hooper and Buncombe County district attorney Todd Williams backed the idea of investigating the leak.

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.

The video shows Hickman and an officer in training stopping Johnnie Jermaine Rush for allegedly jaywalking.

Hickman can be heard later in the video telling another officer that he left serious injuries to Rush's head. "I just got off of work".

"Motherf--, 4-3 on foot, white male, a black male, white tank top, thinks it's amusing", Hickman says on the video while chasing Rush.

Rush responds, "It doesn't matter to me, man".

After words are exchanged, Rush attempts to flee on foot when Hickman tries to arrest him.

Rush told the Citizen Times that he then stopped, before being tackled to the ground by the officers.

Rush told the authorities that he was returning home from a 13-hour shift when he was approached by Ruggiero.

In the ensuring altercation, Hickman is seen repeatedly punching Rush in the face, as Rush says, "I can't breathe".

Late Wednesday, at a local police advisory meeting packed with community members, Police Chief Tammy Hooper reportedly said she was "happy to resign" if that would quell the public discontent.

Senior Police Officer Christopher Hickman resigned from the Asheville Police Department in January. It was not until January that the criminal investigation began, the results of which are expected to be given to the district attorney next week.

On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that the FBI had opened a criminal investigation into the actions of Hickman.

Hickman then calls for an ambulance for Rush before telling him: "All this over you getting a ticket?"

Although the beating occurred in August, the public was not informed of the incident until a source provided the body camera footage to the Citizen Times this week.

"We are angry that Johnnie Rush was attacked, beaten, choked and tased by a white police officer in violation of City policy and common decency", the statement read. Only about 12 percent of the population is black. "If no one would've leaked it or said something, we would be in the dark".



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