Federal Bureau of Investigation steps in after Ashville officer resigns for beating Black man

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State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Patty McQuillan said in an email Wednesday that an FBI criminal investigation was launched into the actions of Asheville police officer Christopher Hickman on august 25, 2017.

An administrative investigation determined Hickman used excessive force in violation of Asheville Police Department policy.

"I am happy to resign if that will solve the problem", Chief Tammy Hooper said as hundreds of people expressed their frustration during a Citizen Police Advisory Committee meeting at a local community center Wednesday evening, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

At a certain point Rush endeavors to run, and Hickman says "You recognize what's interesting is you will get f - ed up no-nonsense".

"All I ask of the community, is don't judge the rest of those out there because of Chris Hickman", said Lance. Rush was taken to the hospital following the tense encounter, where he accused Hickman of being abusive toward him and using a racial slur, the Citizen Times reported. The charges detailed Thursday night against Hickman - who resigned from the police force in January - are one count each of assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury, and communicating threats. "I'm exhausted!" The video then shows Hickman tasering Rush, choking him, beating his skull.

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An arrest warrant for Hickman notes that he struck Rush multiple times, causing abrasions and swelling to his head.

Hickman resigned his post in January.

Peterkin, who wrote the book "How To Stop For A Cop," cringed while watching body-camera footage of Johnnie Jermaine Rush's August 25 arrest.

Video footage of the arrest was released by the police and published with media outlet the Citizen-Times, and soon the public became outraged.

In the video, an officer trainee tells Rush he already warned him about jaywalking, and that he'll have to write him a ticket or arrest him. Since then, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer has apologized to Rush in a statement on behalf of the City Council.

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Blake characterizes Rush, the victim, as "an incredibly humble grateful man".

The conversation was overheard by Ruggiero's colleague, Officer Christ Hickman, who approached the two men and ordered Rush to put his hands behind his back.

The FBI are now investigating the incident. The city also voted in a specially called meeting to release the personnel file of Officer Hickman.

An examination from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which comes notwithstanding a criminal examination by the Asheville police of their own officer, will probably center around infringement of Rush's social equality.

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