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Asheville officer charged with assaulting woman

ASHEVILLE (AP) — An Asheville police officer has been charged with assaulting a woman

Local media outlets report that 22-year-old Ethan Taylor Russell was arrested at his home and charged early Thursday.

The night before, authorities say Russell held down a woman, covered her mouth and told her to shut up. Deputies also say Russell shoved the woman up against a wall by her neck.

Russell was jailed on a $2,000 bond, and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney. City officials said he had been on the police force for just over a year and would not comment further on his employment.

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