You know the saddest part about this and there are a lot of sad parts, but this quote more than any other bothers me so much.
“No disrespect to you sir, I understand that I ran and whatnot, but you didn’t have to keep punching and choking me,” Rush tells Hickman.
“Yeah I did,” Hickman replies.
After almost beat to death, Johnnie Rush is still being respectful to the cop who tired to beat him to death. This is sick and the cop needs to go jail, but we know he won’t.
The City of Asheville released body camera footage Monday of the violent arrest of Johnnie Rush, a black man who was tased, beaten and put into a chokehold by a police officer on suspicion of jaywalking in August 2017.
The new footage, which shows the entire incident from multiple angles, shows Rush being placed in a chokehold, and the arresting officer Christopher Hickman complaining in the aftermath “I have blood all over me” and admitting that he “beat the shit out of his head.”
While in the chokehold, Rush can be heard saying “I can’t breathe,” reminiscent of the final words of Eric Garner, who was killed by police in Staten Island, New York in 2014. That killing and those words became a rallying cry for the growing Black Lives Matter movement.
In one of the videos, after the beating, Rush is seen handcuffed, and being led to the patrol car by Hickman and another officer. “Don’t look at me with your spitty blood face,” Hickman tells Rush.
“I beat the shit out of his head. Not gonna lie about that,” Hickman later says when recounting what happened.
“Was the Taser effective?” asks Taube.
“No,” Hickman says. “I hit him in the face as if it was a club three times, and that was effective. That’s what happened to his left side. I punched him in the face as hard as I could. FYI that’s why his eye looks like that.”
There’s also a discussion among the officers that ensues following Rush’s request for medical attention. “I don’t think he needs to go to hospital,” Taube says.
The cops are the animals.
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