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One-stop portal: Press releases, graphics and documents related to APD excessive use of force investigation in one place

One-stop portal: Press releases, graphics and documents related to APD excessive use of force investigation in one place

The City of Asheville has gathered all press releases, graphics and documents related to the former Asheville Police officer excessive use of force investigation into this portal on the City of Asheville website. See the links below for complete information. More information will be added as it becomes available.   Open letter from Asheville City

City of Asheville Police Department body-worn camera viewing information guide

City of Asheville Police Department body-worn camera viewing information guide

These recordings depict an event which occurred August 24 and 25, 2017. 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. Christopher Hickman, who used dangerous and excessive force against Johnnie Rush, was


Former Asheville Police officer charged, taken into custody

Former Asheville Police officer charged, taken into custody

  Former Asheville Police officer Christopher Hickman was taken into custody the evening of March 8, 2018, and charged with Assault by Strangulation, Assault Inflicting Serious Injury and Communicating Threats for actions during the August 24, 2017, excessive use of force incident against Johnnie Rush.     Here is the press release from the Buncombe

Asheville City Council issues statement to the community in wake of APD excessive use of force

Asheville City Council issues statement to the community in wake of APD excessive use of force

  A statement by Asheville City Council   Like you, we are angry. We are angry that a black man walking home from a long day at work was stopped for jaywalking — something most of us do regularly without consequence.  We are angry that Johnnie Rush was attacked, beaten, choked and tased by a


Asheville City Council votes to support City Manager’s release of personnel information related to APD investigation

Asheville City Council votes to support City Manager’s release of personnel information related to APD investigation

Asheville City Council held a special called meeting March 5, 2018, in which the Council went into closed session to consult with the City Attorney about the Aug. 24, 2017, use of force incident involving former Asheville Police Senior Officer Chris Hickman.   This incident follows the March 1, 2018, media release of body-worn video

City of Asheville files petition to order release of additional APD body-cam footage

City of Asheville files petition to order release of additional APD body-cam footage

  The City of Asheville filed a petition today under N.C. General Statute § 132-1.4A, asking the Buncombe County Superior Court to order the release of additional body-worn camera recordings of Asheville Police Department officers relating to the August 2017 arrest of Johnnie Jermaine Rush. A copy of the petition can be found here: Petition of the City

Q&A: Asheville Police body-worn camera, use of force policies

Q&A: Asheville Police body-worn camera, use of force policies

The City of Asheville, including the Asheville Police Department, is committed to being as transparent as possible within the law. The following questions are questions City Council and staff have heard throughout the community. Staff will continue to collect common questions through the comments shared on the Community Engagement Hotline, 828-259-5900, and comments to be


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