Christopher Hickman’s period of supervised probation for the 2017 assault of Johnnie Rush might have ended this month if not for delays in the community engagement portion of his restorative justice plea deal. COVID-19, as well as other obligations for the Raleigh-based program director, disrupted the yearlong schedule and will lead to an extension of Hickman’s probation.
Community response is mixed over the recent plea deal for former Asheville police officer Christopher Hickman. What exactly will the next 12 months look like and how will the restorative justice process work? Advocates for the deal have high hopes, despite lacking a clear plan.
Buncombe County District Attorney provided a statement via Twitter on the Aug. 9 guilty plea of former Asheville Police Officer Christopher Hickman in the Aug. 25, 2017, beating of Asheville resident Johnnie Rush.
“Asheville has the remarkable opportunity this week to sit down with Dominic Barter, a fellow who’s been turning people all over the world on to the possibility of recreating our communities in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vandana Shiva and others invested in a world of peacemaking.”