Really painful to watch –
Sadly, Hickman wasn’t capable of showing some human compassion to Johnnie Rush
at any point. Notice as the conversation goes on between them, you see no cars moving
on the roadway at that time of night. It’s also sad that Rush wasn’t aware of the danger he
was in and that there would be NO allowances granted him for any reason. And very much
hope that he wins a large lawsuit and the officer spends time in jail for this.
Hickman resigned in January just before being fired for violating the Asheville Police Department’s use-of-force policy. He is currently facing several charges, including felony assault by strangulation.
All charges against Rush were ultimately dropped.
This has been going on since some progress was made in Civil Rights for AA’s
and probably since “Segregation” was overturned in the South – simply about
putting AA’s in jail and brutalizing them whenever possible.
Like “Segregation,” violence and brutality and imprisonment are the control keys.
– but we should also note that for decades we’ve seen this police brutality also
going on generally across the US as racist (and sexist) attacks/harassment by
police generally of people of color – but also noticeably against women, as well –
continue to increase as a way to continue the depowering of people of color and
And it will continue as long as racist and sexist leaders can hire police who will
carry out their racist and sexist programs for them.
We actually had a Letter to the Editor recently from a citizen who wants to STOP
law suits where police are held responsible for this kind of racist harassment.
Failed to get the point, obviously.