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Video of police officer using excessive force sparks outrage Video

H10 north carolina police resign after beating man Video of police officer using excessive force sparks outrage Video
Patty Aguilar | 09 March, 2018, 20:59

A white ex-cop in North Carolina caught on bodycam video beating a black man suspected of jaywalking has been arrested on assault charges, authorities said. 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.

The case remained out of the public eye for months until the recording was leaked to The Citizen-Times and published last week, sparking outrage.

"It doesn't matter, man", Rush replied.

Asheville police finished an administrative probe in December, concluding that Hickman should be fired.

"All I ask of the community is don't judge the rest of those [cops] out there because of Chris Hickman", Lance said.

At that point, Hickman told Rush, who accused the officer and trainee of harassing him, to put his hands behind his back. During the ensuing chase, Hickman can be heard yelling, "You are going to get fucked up hardcore", while pulling out his stun gun.

The person on foot said he couldn't inhale as Hickman stifled him, a few times hit him over the head and bound him.

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Rush later told the newspaper that he stopped running shortly after taking off. Rush and Ruggiero quickly take him to the ground, the footage shows, and subdue him.

Rush says several times he can not breathe after being taken to the ground and shocked with a stun gun.

The Asheville Police Department released documents Monday in the case of former officer Christopher Hickman, who resigned after an investigation of the arrest of Jermaine Rush last August.

An examination from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which comes notwithstanding a criminal examination by the Asheville police of their own officer, will probably center around infringement of Rush's social equality.

Hickman then calls for an ambulance for Rush before telling him: "All this over you getting a ticket?" Police Chief Tammy Hooper also confirmed Wednesday that Hickman was no longer with the department. "Why is it that when white people are sorry they come to black folks and black churches and say, 'We're sorry, we didn't mean to, ' then you keep doing the same thing over and over and over again".

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".

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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