Asheville officer charged with assaulting black jaywalking suspect
Mar 09 2018 by Desiree Burns
Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams announced in a press release late Thursday that former Asheville police officer Chris Hickman will face three criminal charges for the August beating of an unarmed black man. Hickman and an officer in training stopped Johnnie Rush for suspected jaywalking and trespassing late on the night of August 24th on Short Coxe Avenue.
Hickman has been released after posting $10,000 bond and declined to a respond to a reporter while walking out of jail, the Citizen-Times reports.
"When it's all said and done, just like every time, I have been ready and willing to come to the table with whoever wants to do the work that's needed to get us past this", Hooper said. "I haven't did nothing wrong". According to the footage, Rush claims he was coming from work when the officers arrested him.
The conversation was overheard by Ruggiero's colleague, Officer Christ Hickman, who approached the two men and ordered Rush to put his hands behind his back. Rush briefly appears to indicate that he'll cooperate before fleeing from Hickman on foot.
"All I ask of the community, is don't judge the rest of those out there because of Chris Hickman", said Lance. "You know what's amusing?" During the ensuing chase, Hickman can be heard yelling, "You are going to get fucked up hardcore", while pulling out his stun gun.
"The threat was made in a manner and under circumstances which would cause a reasonable person to believe that the threat was likely to be carried out and the person threatened believed that the threat would be carried out", the warrant reads.
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Rush told the authorities that he was returning home from a 13-hour shift when he was approached by Ruggiero.
The footage shows an officer punching a man in the head and tasing him while he's on the ground. "I can't breathe, I can't breathe!" "Now it's serious, bro".
Rush told the Citizen-Times that Hickman used racial slurs against him as he was being treated for his wounds. "I beat the s-- out of his head". "I'm not gonna lie about that". Since then, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer has apologized to Rush in a statement on behalf of the City Council.
The FBI is investigating a North Carolina police officer for the bloody beating of a pedestrian he accused of jaywalking. They also questioned why the footage was not released earlier.
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.