Officer charged with assaulting black jaywalking suspect in North Carolina

Marsha Scott
March 10, 2018

However, on the 18 of September, the charges against Rush were dropped after the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office reviewed Hickman's body cam which revealed that the officer overstepped his duties. It began around midnight on August 25 when officer Christopher Hickman and a police trainee stopped 33-year-old Johnnie Jermaine Rush in Asheville and accused him of jaywalking and trespassing through a parking lot, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times.

A supervisor who responded to the scene on the night of Rush's arrest was disciplined for unsatisfactory performance after failing to immediately disclose all the details gleaned from interviewing Hickman and Rush, and neglecting to view the body camera footage that day.

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". "I haven't did nothing wrong". "You ain't got nothing better to do besides mess with me?" he asked, per ABC News.

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

The video shows Hickman and an officer in training stopping Johnnie Jermaine Rush for allegedly jaywalking.

At the hospital, Hickman verbally abused Rush and used racial slurs against him.

In the video, Ruggiero can be seen telling Rush that he had failed to use a crosswalk four times, to which Rush replies, "All I'm trying to do is go home, man". "You know what's amusing?" "You know what's amusing is you're gonna get fu**ed up hardcore".

"The threat was made in a manner and under circumstances which would cause a reasonable person to believe that the threat was likely to be carried out and the person threatened believed that the threat would be carried out", the warrant reads.

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Rush told the authorities that he was returning home from a 13-hour shift when he was approached by Ruggiero.

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

Rush told the Citizen Times that he then stopped, before being tackled to the ground by the officers. "Now it's serious, bro". In the video, Rush can be heard telling the officers he can't breathe several times and crying out in agony as he was beaten, choked, and shocked twice with a TASER. "I beat the s-- out of his head". "I'm not gonna lie about that".

By ASHEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT on Publish Date March 7, 2018.

The African-American man was later arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, obstructing an officer, resisting arrest, jaywalking, and trespassing.

She says the paper has gotten copy editing and production help from a fellow Gannett paper in Greenville, S.C. It also plans editorials on a broader, but not indiscriminate, release of bodycam evidence to the public.

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".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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