Lawmakers in Asheville's City Council also denounced the video, saying in statement they were "angry" that a black man walking home from work was stopped for jaywalking, something most people do "regularly without outcome".
Body camera video showing a black man being Tasered and beaten during a confrontation with two white police officers who accused him of jaywalking has sent shock waves through the western North Carolina city of Asheville, forcing one of the officers to resign, prompting a federal investigation and leading the city's police chief to volunteer to step down.
The Asheville Police Department released documents Monday in the case of former officer Christopher Hickman, who resigned after an investigation of the arrest of Jermaine Rush last August.
An administrative investigation determined Hickman used excessive force in violation of Asheville Police Department policy. The FBI is now investigating.
At a certain point Rush endeavors to run, and Hickman says "You recognize what's interesting is you will get f - ed up no-nonsense".
Body camera film from officer Chris Hickman, who was with his learner Verino Ruggiero, demonstrates that Rush said he was worn out and advised officers to quit annoying him, before the circumstance heightened to a capture for jaywalking and trespassing on a parking area.
Rush says several times he can not breathe after being taken to the ground and shocked with a stun gun.
Documents released by a North Carolina city show its police department did not properly handle an investigation of the beating of a black man accused of jaywalking by a white officer a year ago.
Surge told the Citizen-Times that Hickman utilized racial slurs against him as he was being dealt with for his injuries. CBS News was unable to reach Hickman or Rush.
Rush was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, impeding traffic and resisting a public officer. Angry commenters at a public meeting this week questioned why the case unfolded so slowly and secretly.
Chief Hooper fired Hickman on january 5, according to Jackson. He resigned instead at the beginning of a January meeting where he was scheduled to be terminated.
On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that the FBI had opened a criminal investigation into the actions of Hickman.
The incident and attempted police cover-up has caused widespread outrage in the working-class Appalachian community of 90,000, prompting Chief Hooper to offer her resignation. Sergeant Taube was disciplined for "unsatisfactory performance" after failing to disclose information she obtained during her interview with Rush and to review body camera footage that day.
Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper did not try to defend Hickman's behavior and admitted her department is under scrutiny, even saying she's "happy to resign if that's going to solve the problems here".
In a statement, the mayor of Asheville, Esther E. Manheimer, called the video "highly disturbing".
The City Council issued a statement Wednesday saying: "we are furious that no one thought that we - Asheville's elected leaders - needed to know about this incident".