By: WLOS STAFF
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) - There are new developments in the investigation into a leaked video of an Asheville police officer using force on an unarmed pedestrian.
News 13 has learned that after it originally refused to open an investigation, the State Bureau of Investigation will meet with the Buncombe County district attorney about the video.
This comes as the FBI is now referring all calls about the video to the Department of Justice in Washington D.C.
Asheville's police chief, Tammy Hooper, is also now talking about the body-cam video obtained by the Citizen-Times.
A complaint triggered an administrative investigation.
"We took the extra step of bringing him in, taking his badge, gun, and putting him on administrative duty. So, he never ever went back on the street again after the night of the incident," Hooper told us.
The officer in this case, Chris Hickman, was investigated for four other incidents in the 60 days prior.
Chief Hooper says those incidents involved language, not a use of force, but a lot of people have been wondering why it's taken six months for the public to become aware of what happened.
"It seems like a long time with something that seems so terrible, but at the same time, all of our employees, like city employees, have civil service protection. And we know that if we don't do good job conducting these investigations, especially with cases that result in terminations, that the individuals can be reinstated by the civil service board," Hooper said.
Chief Hooper says they were focused on completing each step in the investigative process.
City leaders decided to share more information about that process.
You can see the entire 22-minute interview with Chief Hooper here.