North Carolina police officer charged with assaulting jaywalking suspect

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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 Hickman was charged late Thursday with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats, according to the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office.

Chief Hooper fired Hickman on january 5, according to Jackson.

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". "I haven't did nothing wrong".

Rush went on to tell the officers, "You ain't got nothing better to do besides mess with me, and I'm trying to go home?"

"It doesn't matter, man", Rush replied. "Do what you got to do besides keep harassing me, man", Rush responds.

Body camera film from officer Chris Hickman, who was with his learner Verino Ruggiero, demonstrates that Rush said he was worn out and advised officers to quit annoying him, before the circumstance heightened to a capture for jaywalking and trespassing on a parking area.

During the arrest, Rush was shocked with a Taser, choked and beaten by Hickman, according to police records. "I'm not going to lie about that", Hickman is heard saying. "You know what's amusing?" As Rush runs, the officer says, "You know what's amusing is you're going to get f-- up hardcore".

During a community meeting Wednesday night, many Asheville residents said Hickman should have been arrested and charged with assault. Rush runs, and the officers chase him, eventually tackling him to the ground. "I'm exhausted!" Rush says.

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At several points, while pinned to the ground, Rush cried, "I can't breathe!"

After Rush is given the option of a citation or being arrested, he can be heard cursing out of frustration.

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

"I beat the s- out of his head".

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.

Lawmakers in Asheville's City Council also denounced the video, saying in statement they were "angry" that a black man walking home from work was stopped for jaywalking, something most people do "regularly without effect".

She says the paper has gotten copy editing and production help from a fellow Gannett paper in Greenville, S.C. It also plans editorials on a broader, but not indiscriminate, release of bodycam evidence to the public.

Government specialists are now engaged with the instance of Johnnie Rush, who was strolling home from washing dishes at a nearby Cracker Barrel in Asheville last August when he was Tasered and beaten amid a stop by police.

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".

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