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27 cases initiated by public prosecutor and accused in the beating video dropped

ASHEVILLE, N. C. – A North Carolina prosecutor has dropped 27 cases initiated by a white police officer shown on video beating a black man accused of jaywalking.

Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams says the Citizen Times in a Monday statement that the former Asheville police officer Christopher Hickman could not be considered a credible witness.

The 31-year-old was arrested Thursday on felony assault and other charges in the August incident. The Associated Press was unable to reach him by phone Friday.

Williams says that the dropped cases involved 17 defendants and recorded crime and DWIs. They do not include violent crimes or sex offenses. More cases may be deleted if the prosecutors analyzing conviction obtained with the help of Hickman’s testimony.

County courthouse records staff say a list of the lost items was not immediately available.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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