Video of cop bashing black man's head off sidewalk for jaywalking sparks outrage
The statement added that the city council would be calling for an audit of the Asheville Police Department and the staff's decision-making process related to its failure in notifying council members about the incident.
Police body camera video published by the Asheville Citizen Times on Wednesday has caused widespread public outcry over the beating and torture of an African American man accused of jaywalking and trespassing in a vacant parking lot in Asheville, North Carolina previous year by white police officers.
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. A phone listing for Hickman, who resigned in January, had a full inbox that wouldn't take messages. The delay in making the footage public also shows that body camera technology being adopted across the country can't always guarantee the level of transparency many have hoped for. "You know what's amusing is you're gonna get fu**ed up hardcore".
"I don't care. I just got off of work, man", Rush told the officers.
Police said they plan to present an investigation into whether Hickman's actions against Rush were criminal to the district attorney next week. "A second state investigation would likely duplicate much of the results of the ongoing federal investigation".
In the body camera footage which was leaked to the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper, Hickman can be seen beating and tasing 33-year-old Johnnie Rush after he was stopped for jaywalking on August 24, 2017. "I'm not going to lie about that", Hickman is heard saying. "I'm exhausted!" The video then shows Hickman tasering Rush, choking him, beating his skull.
Asheville police chief Tammy Hooper said that she would resign if it helped assuage outrage that has erupted over the video, though her offer comes after there has been difficulty finding someone to investigate the case.
After video of white cop beating black man, NC police chief says she'll quit if wanted
The documents show a supervisor responded to the use of force against Rush, but did not send the information to superiors immediately. Assault charges against Rush were dropped soon after he filed an excessive force complaint.
Jackson wrote that Hickman ordered a review of all body camera footage taken by Hickman while on duty.
Weeks later, after reviewing almost 60 hours of Hickman's body camera footage from numerous encounters, the department identified four other instances of rude behavior toward members of the public.
Video of the encounter shows Rush telling Hickman and a police trainee that he just finished a 13-hour shift at a nearby Cracker Barrel and was stopped by the trainee in the parking lot.
During the arrest, Rush was shocked with a Taser, choked and beaten by Hickman, according to police records. The charges detailed Thursday night against Hickman - who resigned from the police force in January - are one count each of assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury, and communicating threats.
During the meeting, Hooper repeated an apology to the community she first publicly issued on March 1, saying, "I am happy to resign if that will solve the problem".
Of the story, which was picked up by the New York Times and other national outlets, Blake says: "It's a big one for us and it's still developing".
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