Eric Garner’s July 2014 loss of life arrived minutes after he instructed New York Metropolis cop Daniel Pantaleo that he couldn’t breathe after being positioned in a chokehold. This week in North Carolina, the Metropolis of Asheville launched bodycam footage of an August 2017 incident, wherein a black man named Johnnie Rush echoed Garner’s phrases: “I can’t breathe.” Throughout an arrest for the offense of jaywalking, a white officer not solely positioned him in a chokehold however punched him a number of instances within the head and used a stun gun whereas Rush screamed for assist.
The footage is accessible on the town’s YouTube web page, and the Washington Publish reveals that the officer within the video, Christopher Hickman, resigned from his put up in January 2018 with the intention to keep away from being fired for violating the PD’s use-of-force coverage. The police division has issued a press release of condemnation:
“What occurred in these recordings is unacceptable and doesn’t meet the requirements of the Asheville Police Division, the values of the Metropolis of Asheville, or the expectations of Asheville residents. Christopher Hickman’s actions violated the Asheville Police Division’s imaginative and prescient that every one individuals are handled with dignity and respect. These actions have broken the progress that the Asheville Police Division has made within the final a number of years in bettering group belief.”
Within the bodycam footage, Hickman (and a trainee named Verino Ruggiero) encountered Rush in a car parking zone whereas he’s strolling residence from work. They accuse Rush of jaywalking “repeatedly,” an act that’s not proven on the tape. The cops debate whether or not to put in writing Rush a ticket however resolve to arrest him after some back-and-forth, which Hickman declares is Rush appearing “like a punk.” Hickman strikes to seize Rush, who begins to run however then stops, and Hickman declares “You’re gonna get f***ed up hardcore. Get on the bottom.”
At that time, Hickman begins to punch Rush whereas pushing his head into the bottom. After, Hickman tells a supervisor, “I beat the sh*t out of his head. I’m not gonna lie about that.” Asheville prosecutors have now charged Hickman with the felony and misdemeanor ranges of assault, however his lawyer tells the Publish that he believes a jury will discover his consumer not responsible.
(By way of Metropolis of Asheville & Washington Publish)
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