A white North Carolina officer was captured on body camera footage beating a black man on his way home for work because he allegedly jaywalked last summer. The officer finally faces charges for his needless brutality.
The NY Daily News reported that Asheville, NC police officer Christopher Hickman, 31, faces a charge of felony assault by strangulation after he and another officer stopped and assaulted 33-year-old Johnnie Rush on Aug. 25, 2017.
In the video, Hickman and Rush talk before Rush runs away. The officer chases after him, threatening, “You know what’s funny is you’re going to get f—-d up hardcore.”
Hickman can be seen tackling Rush, then choking him and hitting him on the head.
“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!” Rush says before he is shocked with the officer’s taser.
Hickman resigned from the police force in January, but was not charged or arrested until last week.
The NY Daily News also stated that the FBI is also investigating Hickman because of this assault.
Outraged residents and activists believe the police brutality was unnecessary.
“There is no excuse for what happened to Johnnie Rush. Police must protect and serve everyone, regardless of race,” the American Civil Liberties Union’s branch in North Carolina tweeted Thursday. “Instead, a Black man gets beaten, tased, and choked over jaywalking. That’s right, jaywalking.”
Watch video of the incident below: