Charges Filed Against Asheville Cop Who Beat, Tased Man for Jaywalking

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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.

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 beginning of the video, which was taken previous year and was first obtained by The Citizen Times, shows Johnnie Jermaine Rush being approached by Verino Ruggiero, an officer in training, shortly after midnight on august 25 at a street corner near a baseball stadium in Asheville, about 120 miles west of Charlotte.

The charges came after the video, which was obtained by The Citizen Times and released in a story last month, caused an outcry in Asheville, the county seat of Buncombe County and the largest city in Western North Carolina. "You're gonna get f-- up hardcore". Rush is heard saying: "All I'm trying to do is go home, man". "A second state investigation would likely duplicate much of the results of the ongoing federal investigation".

Although the beating occurred in August, the public was not informed of the incident until a source provided the body camera footage to the Citizen Times this week.

Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper did not try to defend Hickman's behavior and admitted her department is under scrutiny, even saying she's "happy to resign if that's going to solve the problems here".

As Hickman ran after Rush, he radioed a dispatcher, saying, "black male, tank top, thinks its amusing".

"I am concerned that the public does not presently have access to all of the information necessary for it to judge the City's response to this officer's actions, and that absent that information, this matter will continue to negatively impact the community's perception of its police department and the way which the city responds to misconduct by its employees", Jackson wrote.

Rush then tried to run and Hickman brought him down, repeatedly punching him in the head, the video shows.

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

All charges against Rush, including assaulting a government official and jaywalking, have been dropped.

Video of the encounter shows Rush telling Hickman and a police trainee that he just finished a 13-hour shift at a nearby Cracker Barrel and was stopped by the trainee in the parking lot.

The city did not provide contact information for Hickman. Rush briefly appears to indicate that he'll cooperate before fleeing from Hickman on foot. Hickman was charged with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats. Hooper chose 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. "If no one would've leaked it [the video] or said something, we would be in the dark".

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