As the clip continues, Officer Ruggiero says that he will be compelled to arrest Mr. Rush or write him a ticket. He is then joined by Officer Hickman, who was training Officer Ruggiero that night.
Officer Hickman orders Mr. Rush to put his hands behind his back. Mr. Rush runs and the officers tackle him to the ground. The video shows Officer Hickman repeatedly striking Mr. Rush on the head and Mr. Rush crying out after being shocked with a stun gun.
At the time, Mr. Rush was charged with second-degree trespass, impeding traffic, assault on a government official and resisting a public officer, according to police records. In September, after watching the video, Mr. Williams dismissed the charges against Mr. Rush.
Officer Hickman was the subject of two administrative investigations. He resigned from the police force in January, according to personnel documents. The police department also embarked on a criminal investigation of the episode, and this week Mr. Williams’s office received the investigatory documentation needed to support the charges that were filed against Officer Hickman.
On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had opened a criminal investigation into Officer Hickman’s conduct. The bureau’s North Carolina field office directed media requests to the Department of Justice, which declined to comment.
Officer Hickman was released on an unsecured bond. He will appear in court early next month.
Mr. Ruggiero is still with the department. He has completed his training and is now an officer.
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