Officer charged with assaulting jaywalking suspect

Officer charged with assaulting black jaywalking suspect

Officer charged with assaulting black jaywalking suspect

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 past year by white police officers.

At that point, Hickman told Rush, who accused the officer and trainee of harassing him, to put his hands behind his back.

The mayor and City Council said they did not know of the incident before the video emerged.

The documents show a supervisor responded to the use of force against Rush, but did not send the information to superiors immediately. "You ain't got nothing better to do besides mess with me?" he asked, per ABC News.

"It doesn't matter, man".

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

All charges against Rush have been dismissed.

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.

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

"He was looking for opportunities to gain more skills so he could qualify for higher-paying jobs", Smith said of his time at Green Opportunities.

Before the video's release, the public did not know about the incident six months earlier, nor did people know the police chief had reviewed the bodycam video the day after the incident.

Asheville police Chief Tammy Hooper says the video's release was illegal and an investigation is needed to determine the source of the leak.

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. The criminal investigation into Hickman's actions did not start until after he resigned, and wrapped up a week after the video of the beating was leaked to the Asheville Citizen-Times, which first published it and made the incident public. "You're lying. My officer is not going to do that, '" he said.

Surge told the Citizen-Times that Hickman utilized racial slurs against him as he was being dealt with for his injuries.

"Asheville has an issue where we place value on certain people and we devalue other people based on their race, their politics, their economic situation or their placement within Asheville", Smith said. "We MUST uphold ourselves to the highest standards and practices", she said.

Prior to the Thursday announcement, the City of Asheville had filed a petition to have the body camera footage released.

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