Jaywalking While Black: North Carolina Cop Who Beat Man Brutally Faces Charges

Jaywalking While Black: North Carolina Cop Who Beat Man Brutally Faces Charges

Jaywalking While Black: North Carolina Cop Who Beat Man Brutally Faces Charges

District Attorney Williams released a statement on Twitter on Thursday, confirming Hickman, an officer with Asheville Police Department, was charged in the incident. "A second state investigation would likely duplicate much of the results of the ongoing federal investigation".

In a statement, police later apologized to Rush for not providing "fair and respectful service" and characterized Hickman's actions as "unacceptable and contrary" to the department's vision.

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.

As officers held Rush on the ground and handcuffed him, Rush is heard on the video screaming in pain and yelling, "I can't breathe!"

Surge told the Citizen-Times that Hickman utilized racial slurs against him as he was being dealt with for his injuries. Rush runs, and the officers chase him, eventually tackling him to the ground. When he caught Rush, Hickman electrocuted him at least two times with his service stun gun and began punching him in the stomach and face.

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

"Motherf--, 4-3 on foot, white male, a black male, white tank top, thinks it's amusing", Hickman says on the video while chasing Rush. The video shows Verino Ruggiero, then an officer-in-training, confronting the 33-year-old Rush for allegedly walking through the parking lot of a business that was closed for the night, and failing to use a crosswalk while crossing the street near a baseball stadium. 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.

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. Nor that charges against Rush, disproven by the bodycam video, were dropped.

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An administrative investigation determined Hickman used excessive force in violation of Asheville Police Department policy.

Asheville's body camera policy requires department technology officers only to review a sampling of body camera footage from officers around the department each month. Hickman resigned in January just as he was about to be fired.

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. CBS News was unable to reach Hickman or Rush.

The city did not provide contact information for Hickman.

Describing the threat charge, it also notes that Hickman can be heard saying to Rush: "You're going to get f--d up hardcore".

"This is a human rights issue, and Hickman should've been charged from day one", local Black Lives Matter leader DeLores Venable said during Wednesday's meeting, per the Citizen-Times report. Hooper made a decision to terminate him in January, personnel records show, but before she could deliver the news, he notified the department of his resignation, the documents say.

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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