It’s a familiar scene.
White cop beats up black man minding his business. He is left with horrendous injuries.
In the worse case scenario the man dies. His family demands justice, but there is none.
Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling the list goes on and on.
But in this latest case of police brutality there may finally be some semblance of accountability.
Officer Chris Hickman has been charged with assault after he was caught on his own bodycam tasering, choking and punching an unarmed black man.
The white cop was placed on desk duty last August for brutally beating Jermaine Rush, 33.
Rush’s crime? Jaywalking, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Hickman resigned in January after an internal investigation determined he should be fired.
But the case didn’t come to light until last week.
Bodycam footage of the incident was leaked to a local paper, sparking widespread outcry and an FBI probe.
Hickman was finally arrested on Thursday.
He has been charged with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats, according to the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office.
The disgusting incident occurred on August 24.
Rush, who is black, was walking home from a 13-hour shift at CrackerBarrel in Asheville, North Carolina.
He had just cut through the parking lot of a business that was closed for the day.
This is when he was stopped by rookie Officer Verino Ruggiero and Officer Hickman.
Police body cam footage, obtained and published by the Citizen Times , showed Ruggiero telling Rush, who’d just visited a local store, that he’d already warned him about jaywalking.
‘All I’m trying to do is go home, man. I’m tired. I just got off work,’ Rush explained.
Ruggiero told him: ‘I’ve got two options: I can either arrest you or write you a ticket.’
‘It doesn’t matter to me, man,’ Rush replied.
‘Do what you have got to do, besides keep harassing me.’
Rush then cursed, to which Hickman responded by ordering him to put his hands behind his back.
The 33-year-old then tried to run.
Video showed the officers take off in pursuit and Hickman, yelling: ‘You know what’s funny is you’re going to get f**ked up hardcore’.
Rush appeared to slow down and stopped to confront the officers, who pushed him to the ground.
What followed was a persistent and horrendous beating.
Hickman is seen in the footage repeatedly punching Rush in the head, while yelling at him to put his hands behind his back.
Rush was then tasered twice and as he was held on the ground, he was choked while breathlessly telling the cops, ‘I can’t breathe’.
‘All this over you getting a ticket,’ Hickman, who is white, could be heard telling Rush. ‘Now it’s serious, bro.’
While putting Rush in the back of the police car, Hickman was heard complaining that he ‘got blood all over me from his face.’
He boasted to an emergency responder called to the scene that he had ‘beat the s**t out of his head, I’m not going to lie about that’.
The charges against Rush, which included assaulting a government official and traffic offenses, were later dropped.
Photos of Rush, taken after the incident, show burn marks on his legs where the taser hit.
He also had swelling around his head, around the same location he was repeatedly punched during the arrest.
Police Chief Tammy Hooper publicly apologized to Rush last week, after the Citizen Times released the video, calling his treatment unacceptable.
Hooper said, after reviewing the video, that she and District Attorney Todd Williams asked the State Bureau of Investigation to initiate a criminal investigation, but they declined.