Body cam footage caught an officer beating this man while arresting him for jaywalking — and the officer has since been charged with assault by strangulation.
Johnnie Rush had recently finished a 13-hour work day and was walking near a baseball stadium, where people regularly jaywalk for games, as local reports say. An officer in training is then seen on the body cam confronting rush. The officer says he can either arrest Rush or write him a ticket, and he repeatedly says he doesn’t care what they do, but that he feels they were definitely harassing him for no reason.
Then another officer, Chris Hickman, steps in and approaches Rush, holds a taser him and demands that he put his hands behind his back. After Rush tries to flee, Rush tases him twice, punches him and chokes him into submission. The 33-year-old was taken to the hospital and charged with several crimes, including assault on a government official. But the charges were later dismissed by the district attorney.
Hickman resigned in January and was charged on March 8 with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury, and communicating threats. The city’s local paper published the body cam footage last month, sparking outcry and forcing the Ashville police chief to offer to resign.