Did They Overreact? Police Brutally Beat Jaywalk Suspect

Johnnie Rush was trying to get home from a long shift at the Cracker Barrel.

 

 

Then he got stopped for jaywalking — an encounter with the police department in Asheville, N.C., that ultimately left Rush with a bloodied face after an officer punched him multiple times, used a stun gun on him and put him in a chokehold on the ground.

 

Johnnie Rush was trying to get home from a long shift at the Cracker Barrel.

 

On Monday, the city of Asheville released nine videos from the officers’ body-worn cameras showing the incident from various angles while Rush screamed, “Help!” and “I can’t breathe.”

 

Police Brutally Beat Jaywalk Suspect

 

The officer who repeatedly struck Rush in the head, Christopher Hickman, resigned in January, just before he was terminated for violating the use-of-force policy, according to city officials. He was charged in March with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats for this incident that happened August 2017.

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