Another "I can't breathe"


here we go

Johnnie Rush was walking home from a long work shift in Asheville, North Carolina last summer when he was put in a chokehold by police and arrested for jaywalking.

"I can't breathe!" Rush said as he was strangled by Officer Christopher Hickman, according to new footage of the arrest. The City of Asheville released nine bodycam videos of Rush being choked, beaten, and arrested by police on Monday. Hickman was charged with assault last month following his January resignation from the police force.

The videos showed Hickman and Officer Veniro Ruggerio, who was in training during last summer's incident, approaching Rush about repeatedly jaywalking. Ruggerio told Rush he "didn't use a crosswalk four times in a row."

"All I'm trying to do is go home," Rush said, who had just finished a 13-hour shift at a Cracker Barrel. The officers told Rush they were going to arrest him or write him a ticket, but then they move to arrest him. Rush started to run.

"You're going to get f----d up hardcore," Hickman said before tackling Rush, who eventually stopped running. Hickman told Rush to put his hands behind his back and punches him on the head.

Rush screamed, "I can't breathe," because Hickman put him in a chokehold, which the new footage shows. Despite Rush's cries, Hickman then struck him in the head with side of a taser.

In another video, Hickman admitted to punching Rush in the face, using the taser "as if it was a club." He claimed Rush was trying to take the device out of his hand, but the allegation cannot be seen in the videos released on Monday.

"I beat the shit out of his head, I'm not going to lie about that," Hickman said to a fellow officer at the scene.

"Don't look at me with your spitty bloodly face," Hickman said when Rush is being placed in a police vehicle.

Upon questioning, Rush asked Sergeant Lisa Taube, another officer who came to the scene, "What would have happened if he would've killed me, then what?"

Taube told Rush he was wrong for resisting a police officer.

A final clip in the aftermath of the arrest showed Hickman making small talk with Rush about work and home life. Hickman said that he was not aware if Rush had a weapon. "You never would have got punched when I told you to put your hands behind your back."

"You're super cool, and I think we'll probably get through the process real quick," added Hickman. After the arrest, Rush filed a complaint with Asheville police.

The new bodycam footage released on Monday follows criticism of the Asheville Police Department when Rush's arrest was leaked to the Asheville Citizen Times in February. The FBI launched a civil rights investigation last month into why Hickman, who is white, beat Rush, an unarmed black man, for a misdemeanor.

City officials also said in a statement that the new videos showed Hickman, who was placed on administrative leave after the incident and resigned in January, using excessive force. Hickman was charged with assault by strangulation on March 9 by the Asheville District Attorney. According to Asheville Police Department guidelines, chokeholds and strikes should be avoided "unless lethal force is reasonably believed to be necessary."

Hickman's attorney Thomas Amburgey told the Citizen Times on Monday: "It's unfortunate that so many individuals have rushed to judge my client," and added, "Any notion that my client had any criminal intent to harm Mr. Rush is without basis."

"What happened in these recordings is unacceptable and does not meet the standards of the Asheville Police Department, the values of the City of Asheville, or the expectations of Asheville residents," city officials said in a statement on Monday accompanying the new videos. The footage became public after the city filed a court order with the Buncombe County Superior Court.

Since the beating footage was leaked, Asheville officials have tried to respond to the community's concerns: In March, Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hopper said she would resign if that's what the public wanted, the Citizen Times reported. Later that month, Asheville City Council dismissed City Manager Gary Jackson. Neither Jackson, who was set to retire this year, or any other council members were aware of the initial police beating video before its February release, according to the Citizen Times.

"There's two stories here: one is the more traditional one of excessive force and another is the police reaction," University of South Carolina criminologist Geoffrey Alpert told The Daily Beast.

While the beating was "clearly excessive," the admission and "corrective action" by police is unusual in cases of police brutality, Alpert said.

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Ah crap, I've posted this one before. Sorry. Should have found the old thread and added the new video.

Pro tip: if you can say “I can’t breathe” you can actually breathe. 

Nitecrawler - 

Pro tip: if you can say “I can’t breathe” you can actually breathe. 


In fairness, those have been the last words of a few folks.

Fake Pie -
Nitecrawler - 

Pro tip: if you can say “I can’t breathe” you can actually breathe. 


In fairness, those have been the last words of a few folks.

True, but also in fairness a lot of people scream this, as well as “I’m pregnant”, when tussling with the cops in an attempt to have them ease up and make it easier to resist arrest. 

Nitecrawler - 

Pro tip: if you can say “I can’t breathe” you can actually breathe. 



So wait until you can't breathe to try to tell them that they are killing you.  Got it.

Sometimes I just hate cops. Dude is walking down the street. Leave him the fuck alone 

Nitecrawler -
Fake Pie -
Nitecrawler - 

Pro tip: if you can say “I can’t breathe” you can actually breathe. 


In fairness, those have been the last words of a few folks.

True, but also in fairness a lot of people scream this, as well as “I’m pregnant”, when tussling with the cops in an attempt to have them ease up and make it easier to resist arrest. 

Let’s just kill everyone to be safe 

Cop is a liar for claiming that the dude was trying to take his taser

 

He was punching the dude bc he got butthurt over the guy "laughing" while running away

 

Of course he prob still gets his pension

Sounds like cop had a serious temper problem. No way he didn't have any other issues in the past

OpenedUp -
Nitecrawler -
Fake Pie -
Nitecrawler - 

Pro tip: if you can say “I can’t breathe” you can actually breathe. 


In fairness, those have been the last words of a few folks.

True, but also in fairness a lot of people scream this, as well as “I’m pregnant”, when tussling with the cops in an attempt to have them ease up and make it easier to resist arrest. 

Let’s just kill everyone to be safe 

Now you’re getting it!

p.s. haven’t watched the vid yet, but asshole cop?

VectorWega -
Mynewscreenname - 

Sometimes I just hate cops. Dude is walking down the street. Leave him the fuck alone 



Fuck that.  People like this should be put down for the betterment of mankind.

Seems rational and well thought out 

Samoa -
Nitecrawler - 

Pro tip: if you can say “I can’t breathe” you can actually breathe. 



So wait until you can't breathe to try to tell them that they are killing you.  Got it.

he doesnt want a problem, he should not have run. he was resistiing, they have a hard job, and had to make a split second decision. who are we to judge video footage, we were not there. oh, and "looting."

Mynewscreenname -

Sometimes I just hate cops. Dude is walking down the street. Leave him the fuck alone 

They asked him nicely to stop jaywalking. He didn't listen to them. Cops were doing the right thing up to that point. 

cop lost it, but i do not feel bad the black guy, at all. This whole scenario started when they asked him nicely use cross walks. After that, they watch him jaywalk 4 more times. They stop him again and are still talking to him very respectfully. He was NOT talking to them respectfully. When it is decided that he is going to get ticketed, he ran off and resisted arrest. Fuck that. The guy did deserve at least one good shot, but the cop went overboard and handled the situation poorly. The black guy handled the situation even more poorly, imo. Still, no problem with cop losing his job. No there are no winners here. 

low iq leads to lack of empathy, low emotional intelligence, and aggressiveness.

Pretty much explains everything in this world.

Throwin'Knuckles -

 Yeah I remember this video. Cops were in the wrong in my opinion and the dude was just trying to get home yeah a fucking jaywalker big deal who cares..

Yeah if your ejaywalking through traffic then write them up, but at night on empty roads? Eat dicks pigs

I live in this town.

 

Everyone jay walks late at night....even the cops.

Ots downtown with a speedlimit of 10mpg and the city has been askes for years to put more crosswalks around because theres not enough.

We have countless videos of cops leaving the station at the end of their shift in their personal cars going the wrong way on a one way street so they dont have to go the long way around....

 

Im glad the cop got charged and from what local politicians tell me theres gonna be a number of people fired over this.

 

Que matt serra...good fuck em.