Asheville City Council's annual retreat provided an unexpected opportunity for Police Chief David Zack to discuss what he thinks he needs to get the force adequately staffed.
Spurred by angry neighbors, Asheville’s Mayor Esther Manheimer opened an informal discussion with city council members about vagrancy, trash, obscene behavior, criminal activity, and more around the AHOPE Center.
Anarchists supporting drug abuse in encampments for the homeless are trying to make trouble for the defunded Asheville Police Department. Citizens are trying to fight back with a referendum for a binding resolution to refund the department.
To date, the City of Asheville appears to have done little, besides conveying a sense of withdrawn support, to appease the vocal minority clamoring for defunding the police. Strides in that direction were, however, swiftly taken to comply with new state legislation.
Whatever reforms are made to reimagine police departments won’t work without effective checks and balances to turn jealousy and power against themselves.
With crime rates on the rise, Asheville Police Chief David Zack encouraged the public to excercize personal responsibility and look out for each other.
An interest group issued a statement of disapproval of the Madison County Sheriff’s recent hiring of a fired APD officer.
Madison County residents vocalized their support for law enforcement.
On September 23, 2020 Leicester resident and local journalist Chad Nesbitt was severely injured and hospitalized during a protest in downtown Asheville.
Three months after the un-extended deadline, members of Asheville City Council approved a $134.7 million budget with another $65 million for enterprise funds like water and transit.