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And I think it just brought forward a lot of the other underlying issues within the city of Asheville, in particular, how African-American residents of the city feel right now - that this incident happened because the police chief that's here now was brought in to bring in some reforms to this department.

A white police officer whose body-camera video recorded him beating a black pedestrian he accused of jaywalking has been arrested on assault charges in North Carolina.

Johnnie Jermaine Rush is seen in the video being beaten in the head by Hickman, as well as choked.

The altercation took place on August 25, 2017, but the body cam footage was released in late February.

He resigned from the force, but it wasn't until four months later that he resigned at a meeting where the police chief was preparing to fire him.

Rush, who suffered severe bruising as a result of the incident, screams "I can't breathe" after being tasered and pinned to the ground.

Since the footage has become public knowledge and gained national attention, former Asheville Police Officer Chris Hickman faces criminal charges.

In the footage, the officer is seen exiting his vehicle, and after exchanging a few words with Rush, things get heated up, and the officer is seen subduing the victim.

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After Rush is given the option of a citation or being arrested, he can be heard cursing out of frustration.

Following an SBI investigation, Hickman resigned, and will probably be charged later this year.

The video, released in a story by the Citizen-Times last week, shows a police officer punching a man in the head and Tasering the man on the ground.

A Wednesday meeting of a citizen's police advisory board began with Police Chief Tammy Hooper offering a timeline of what she called "a very egregious and violent episode".

Hickman shouts "Motherfucker" as he chases, saying "You know what's amusing, you're going to get fucked up hardcore" as he continues to pursue Johnnie. Patty McQuillan, spokeswoman for the State Bureau of Investigation said that a federal probe was launched into the actions of Hickman on August 25, 2017. The charges were dismissed by the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office last September against Rush.

Blake characterizes Rush, the victim, as "an incredibly humble grateful man". Hickman first told the trainee to write him a ticket, but then told Rush to put his hands behind his back after Rush complained that officers didn't have anything better to do than "harass somebody" for walking.

Agents have since interviewed Rush as part of the preliminary investigation and will decide whether to launch a full investigation.

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