Officers charged Rush with impeding traffic and resisting arrest, but the charges were dropped. "But it kept going on and on and on and on, and I think it could have stopped right there".
"It doesn't matter to me, man", the man says. Hickman began spewing racial slurs and went after Rush.
After Rush is given the option of a citation or being arrested, he can be heard cursing out of frustration.
In particular, it was the investigation into Hickman, who's white, that was brought up the most. "You know what's amusing is you're gonna get fu**ed up hardcore". Get on the ground.
Hickman then tasered Rush twice, before choking him and holding him down as the victim is heard breathlessly saying, "I can't breathe".
Blue Ridge Public Radio's Matt Bush has been following the case.
"Like you, we are angry".
MATT BUSH: There was a lot of anger - the fact that again, this only became public because the newspaper received the footage, which, in and of itself, is technically an illegal act as this underscores a North Carolina law that police body cam footage is not public record. "And we are furious that no one thought that we - Asheville's elected leaders - needed to know about this incident". He was charged with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats. He had his first court appearance this morning and his next appearance in court will be at the beginning of April.
A total of 11 officers are cited as being in the videos and recordings, including the police sergeant.
Hickman was shown on body camera footage subduing and punching 33-year-old Johnnie Jermaine Rush after officers accused Rush of crossing outside of a crosswalk.
Asheville police boss Tammy Hooper said that she would leave on the off chance that it mitigated shock that has ejected over the video, however her offer comes after there has been trouble discovering somebody to explore the case.
Hickman was taken into custody Thursday evening, according to Asheville Police.
A supervising officer who responded to the scene of the incident to evaluate Hickman's use of force failed to convey findings in a timely manner, the report said, "despite being told by Hickman that he struck Mr. Rush in the head with his Taser, and despite Mr. Rush saying that he was choked".
"There are all these hurdles to viewing the footage". But there was still lingering resentment. The city is asking that other police camera video be released to the public to be transparent about what happened. And there was a feeling maybe some of those were beginning to take hold, but then this incident occurred and they really seemed to undo any progress or goodwill that had been made.