Asheville releases 9 more APD body cam tapes

posted by Mark Starling -

The City of Asheville released 9 more videos from body cam footage of the August 2017 beating of Johnny Jermaine Rush.

The 9 videos are from the other nine officers who ended up on the scene that night as well as video of former Asheville Police officer Chris Hickman talking about that night's events with Mr. Rush and a training officer who was present at the time of the incident. 

Tuesday's release follows a morning court appearance from former Officer Chris Hickman where his case was continued until June.


"Today, the City of Asheville will release nine officer body-worn camera videos related to the use of excessive force against Johnnie Jermaine Rush by former Officer Christopher Hickman in August of 2017.

These videos are disturbing, difficult to watch and may not be appropriate for all ages, as they contain violence and profanity. However, in the interest of public accountability and transparency, the City of Asheville petitioned the Buncombe County Superior Court to release the body-worn camera videos captured the night of August 24 and early morning of August 25, 2017.

This incident has created a loss of trust within the community, particularly among people of color. The City of Asheville understands that there is substantial work to do to restore the public’s trust. We have heard your concerns and feedback and we are committed to moving forward with the help of the community. We are encouraged by the community’s support as we implement changes towards this goal.

We are dedicated to being leaders who will create a culture where all people are treated with dignity and respect, and will hold accountable any employee who does not conduct themselves in this manner."

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