I don't understand, even if he was guilty, why would the then 32-year-old man be beaten like that-- for JAYWALKING!
The city of Asheville, North Carolina, released bodycamera footage related to the beating and tasing of a man who was suspected of jaywalking. That video begins as Officer Christopher Hickman and his partner stop Johnnie Jermaine Rush, then 32, for allegedly jaywalking in the early morning hours of August 25, 2017. After some initial words are exchanged, Hickman moves to arrest Rush, who then flees on foot. The officers catch Rush and tackle him to the ground. As Rush is being restrained on the ground, Hickman punches him in the head several times, shoots him with a stun gun and puts his hand around Rush's neck. "I can't breathe! I can't breathe!" Rush repeatedly yells. "Help! Help!" Rush initially was charged with second-degree trespassing and resisting a public officer. He filed a complaint with police the day he was arrested alleging Hickman used excessive force. Hickman,was removed from patrol duty a day after the incident. He resigned from the department in January, the same day that he was to be terminated. Hickman was taken into custody on March 8 and charged with one count each of assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats.