Former NC officer charged in UOF incident captured on video

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 13, 2018

There is new fallout following the body camera video that allegedly shows a North Carolina officer assaulting a man for jaywalking.

Buncombe County district attorney Todd Williams announced Monday 27 cases involving 17 defendants that were investigated by former Asheville police officer Chris Hickman have been dismissed.

The FBI is also investigating Hickman.

In a statement, Williams said Hickman is no longer considered a "credible state's witness" following the charges that were filed against him for the August beating incident. More cases could be dropped as prosecutors analyze convictions obtained using Hickman's testimony.

The leaked video taken near downtown Asheville shows Hickman, who is white, punching the head of Rush, who is black, on the night of August 24.

Hickman, 31, tackles Rush and begins choking and hitting him on the head, according to the video. Rush explained he just got off work.

"I can breathe, I can't breathe", Rush says before being getting shocked with a Taser. He resigned in January and now faces three charges, including one felony assault count.

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

Hooper issued a public apology March 1, saying, "The acts demonstrated in this video are unacceptable and contrary to the department's vision and the progress we have made in the last several years in improving community trust".

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation twice rejected calls to look into the beating, according to The Asheville Citizen-Times, which first reported the story late last month and said that the SBI was again considering a request to investigate. 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.

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