U.S. Attorney: Former APD officer Christopher Hickman will not face federal charges

Christopher Hickman appears in bond court (March 9, 2018/ FOX Carolina)

The District Attorney announced Monday that more than a dozen cases have been dismissed that were initiated by a former Asheville Police Officer who is now facing charges.

On Thursday, Christopher Hickman was charged with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats after body camera surfaced of an incident in August 2017.

VIDEO: Body cam footage shows arrest leading to assault charges for Asheville officer

Body camera footage released in the case sparked outrage in the communication, during which city officials said "clearly excessive" force is used against a trespassing suspect on Biltmore Avenue.

Since the arrest, District Attorney Todd Williams said Hickman is not considered to be a credible state's witness in the cases against 17 people he arrested.

The DA is also analyzing convictions between Aug. 24, 2017 and Mar. 8, 2018 where Hickman was the charging officer. Williams said his office will move to set aside convictions in appropriate cases.

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