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And I think it just brought forward a lot of the other underlying issues within the city of Asheville, in particular, how African-American residents of the city feel right now - that this incident happened because the police chief that's here now was brought in to bring in some reforms to this department.

A North Carolina city has asked that all police body camera footage of a white officer beating a black man accused of jaywalking a year ago be released.

The leaked video taken near downtown Asheville shows former Officer Chris Hickman, who is white, punching the head of local resident Johnnie Jermaine Rush, who is black, on the night of august 24.

The Asheville, North Carolina, Police Department apologized after footage of the incident was released.

He resigned from the force, but it wasn't until four months later that he resigned at a meeting where the police chief was preparing to fire him.

Johnnie Rush was beaten, chocked and tasered after jaywalking in North Carolina.

The footage of Hickman assaulting the jaywalker was caught on his body camera.

Rush accuses the officers of harassing him, and Hickman orders him to put his hands behind his back. Hickman was charged with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats.

Who leaked that bodycam video to the Citizen Times newspaper? Rush makes a run for it, however, and the officers chase him, eventually forcing him to the ground.




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".

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

Also in attendance was Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper who spoke on moving past the incident.

Attorney James Ferguson, of Ferguson, Chambers & Sumter, is representing the beating victim, Johnnie Jermaine Rush. Rush was taken to the hospital following the tense encounter, where he accused Hickman of being abusive toward him and using a racial slur, the Citizen Times reported.

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

Asheville police say they received a use of force complaint and removed Hickman from patrol the day after the incident then launched an internal affairs investigation and informed the district attorney.

DE LA CANAL: I wonder about the man Johnny Jermaine Rush.

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.


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