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Since then, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer has apologized to Rush in a statement on behalf of the City Council.

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.

The city of Asheville has been roiled over the last week-and-a-half by police footage that shows an officer beating, choking, and using a Taser on a man who was stopped for jaywalking.

Officer Hickman was also charged with a second misdemeanor, for threatening Mr. Rush.

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.

The incident occurred on August 24 when Rush, who is black, was walking home from a 13-hour shift at CrackerBarrel in Asheville, North Carolina.

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.

The swear word prompts Hickman to step in and help his colleague who is confronting the suspect, only for him to begin running. It was plain to see that when Officer Chris Hickman stopped Rush that night he was getting himself revved up for a confrontation. On Thursday, the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office announced Hickman had been arrested on charges including felony assault by strangulation and communicating threats.

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Rush says "I just want to go home, I'm exhausted man, I just finished work".

He had due to be fired at a January 5 meeting, but quit first.

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. According to the footage, Rush claims he was coming from work when the officers arrested him.

"All I ask of the community, is don't judge the rest of those out there because of Chris Hickman", said Lance.

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. "I'm exhausted", Rush tells the officer.

The FBI and the state investigators are both looking into the case. Officer Hickman's supervisor did interact with him and under some policies that the Asheville police have for use-of-force, she spoke with Officer Hickman and Johnny Rush.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents from the Charlotte office interviewed Rush in January.