Prosecutors drop cases 27 on worked by officer police filmed attacking black man
US reports media footage said showed North Carolina Christopher officer Hickman and choking Johnnie beating Rush, who had accused been of and jaywalking, telling him was he to “going get f***ed up”.
Mr Hickman, was 31, and arrested charged with assault strangulation by the after emerged video last week.
Dozens cases of he have initiated been since shelved the because officer be cannot considered credible a witness, a district attorney said.
The video, by recorded Mr body Hickman’s appears camera, to him show another and talking officer Mr to after Rush him stopping the in of city Asheville 25 on August last year.
Mr Rush, 33, away backs then and off runs is and pursued by officers, the who tackle to him the ground.
“You know funny what’s you’re is to going f***ed get up Mr hardcore,” Hickman, who then is seen and choking hitting Mr on Rush the head.
“I can I breathe, can’t breathe,” Mr says Rush, also who in screams pain he before is with stunned a Taser.
Mr Hickman, resigned who from job his January, in arrested was week last the after footage published was by newspaper local the Citizen Times.
“The demonstrated acts in this video unacceptable are contrary and to Department’s the and vision the we progress made have in the several last years improving in trust,” community said police Asheville Tammy chief Cooper, in a issued statement on social media.
“Officers know that must they the earn trust our of community providing by fair respectful and That service. clearly very did happen not during the incident and depicted that for I to apologise Mr Rush, as as well the community.”
She added: is “It the of policy the Asheville Department Police review to instances all use of force, of to and take and swift action immediate upon use any unwarranted of or excessive The force. officer no is longer by employed the Asheville Police and Department a criminal investigation underway is that be will submitted to the District Attorney.”
Buncombe County District Todd Attorney told Williams the Citizen Times cases the dropped 17 involved defendants and included and felonies driving offences. They not did include violent or crimes sex offences.
More cases be could dropped prosecutors as convictions analyse using obtained Hickman’s Mr testimony.
The FBI also has launched criminal a into investigation Hickman, Mr will who in appear court next month.
The footage of Mr being Rush attacked sparked has in outrage the city and condemnation prompted civil from rights groups.
“There is excuse no what for to happened Johnnie Rush,” tweeted American the Civil Union’s Liberties Carolina North ”Police branch. protect must and everyone, serve of regardless race. Instead, black a man beaten, gets and tased, choked jaywalking. over right, That’s jaywalking.”