And the FBI has launched an investigation.
The Asheville Police chief put Hickman on desk duty immediately following the beating last August, and he resigned from the force in January after an internal investigation determined he should be fired.
"I am happy to resign if that will solve the problem", Chief Tammy Hooper said as hundreds of people expressed their frustration during a Citizen Police Advisory Committee meeting at a local community center Wednesday evening, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
"I've got two options", said the rookie Ruggiero: "I can either arrest you or write you a ticket". In the video, Hickman states after the attack, "I beat the shit out of his head".
Once Hickman and another officer caught up to Rush, they slammed him into the ground and started hitting him.
Hickman, 31, was charged with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats, according to a release from Buncombe County District Attorney's Office.
Hickman then tasered Rush twice, before choking him and holding him down as the victim is heard breathlessly saying, "I can't breathe". After a Taser is picked up, a clicking and humming noise is heard as Rush cries out in pain.
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Hooper met with Hickman on January 5 with plans to fire him, but Hickman resigned first. Since the footage was released, Officer Hickman has resigned from the police force and may face criminal charges for his actions that night. Still, the case remained a secret until the recording was leaked to the local newspaper and published last week, sparking community outrage. Since then, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer has apologized to Rush in a statement on behalf of the City Council.
"You think it's amusing....you know what's amusing, you gonna get f***ked up hardcore...get on the ground", Hicks can be heard yelling. "I'm exhausted", Rush tells the officer.
After words are exchanged, Rush attempts to flee on foot when Hickman tries to arrest him. Those charges were dismissed, however, after District Attorney Todd Williams reviewed the body cam footage.
The city released the documents after police camera video was given to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Ferguson told Carolina Public Press on Friday that the firm is investigating the details of the case and a lawsuit against the city of Asheville is "in the mix" as the firm consults with its client.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents from the Charlotte office interviewed Rush in January.