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North Carolina Officer Arrested over Body Cam Footage

A former police officer in North Carolina was arrested and is facing assault charges after body camera video appears to show him beating a man for jaywalking. Footage showing then-officer Chris Hickman allegedly hitting and tasing Johnnie Jermaine Rush was leaked to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Hickman’s arrest comes two months after he resigned from the Asheville Police Department and more than six months since he allegedly assaulted Rush in August. People there want to know why his arrest took so long when the incident is on tape, reports CBS News’ Mark Strassmann.

Asheville police say they received a use of force complaint and removed Hickman from patrol the day after the incident then launched an internal affairs investigation and informed the district attorney.

The DA’s office says it chose not to file charges in September so the investigation could continue. In December, police returned with three new videos related to officer Hickman’s use of force. Hickman resigned in January.

Community members this week grilled Asheville officials at a packed town hall meeting.

“I don’t understand why the DA didn’t bring charges,” said resident Al Whiteside. “We’re no longer in the 60s, were in the 2000s, 2018.”

Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper did not try to defend Hickman’s behavior and admitted her department is under scrutiny, even saying she’s “happy to resign if that’s going to solve the problems here.” But the meeting left some with more concerns.

“I don’t know if we got a lot of questions answered though about the time frame – when people knew and didn’t know,” another resident said.

Hickman left jail Thursday night on a reported $10,000 bond. CBS News was unable to reach Hickman or Rush. State investigators say they are working with the FBI to investigate Hickman’s behavior.



Mother: Alabama Police Beat Black 17-Year-Old Son

An image posted by a mother has since been shared 61,000 times.

Ulysses Wilkerson’s family was searching for answers as to how the 17 year-old ended up like this after an encounter with Troy police.

“He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places,” said Ulysses Wilkerson Jr. , Ulysses’ father.

Many of the 61,000 shares of the Facebook post said they were outraged.

“From all over the world, people are commenting they want justice,” said his father.

It is said that officers saw Wilkerson coming around the corner of a building in downtown Troy. When they tried to speak to him, he fled leading to a foot chase that ended here, on Madison Street. One witness said she saw officers surrounding Wilkerson who appeared to be unconscious.

“You could see the swelling of his face you could tell he had a lot of bleeding. He looked like he was passed out or maybe in and out of consciousness.” said Brittany Patterson, who drove by the scene.

Saying the first thing that came to mind was, “I hope they are not beating him.”

WDHN reached out to the Troy Police Department and to the Troy mayors office, neither would comment.

The family is asking for body and dash camera footage to be released. Also telling News 18 today that any charges against Wilkerson were dropped and that he was never placed under arrest.

“They had him handcuffed when we got in there they said he was charged with obstruction of justice the ambulance came to take him to UAB the took the handcuffs off and dropped the charges on him,” said his father.

Wilkerson was released from UAB Hospital in Birmingham, but remains under medical observation and could possibly undergo surgery after more swelling goes down.

MMA Star War Machine Given Life Sentence

Former MMA star “War Machine” was sentenced to life with the chance of parole for brutally beating his then-girlfriend, adult star Christy Mack, and her friend Corey Thomas in 2014. War Machine, real name Jon Koppenhaver, was found guilty of charges including sexual assault and battery with a deadly weapon on Monday (June 5) and he will be eligible for parole in 36 years. At that time he will be 71 years old.

Christy Mack addressed the court on Monday ahead of Koppenhaver’s sentencing, where she told the court that she feared he would come after her if he was ever let out of jail.

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