To date, the City of Asheville appears to have done little, besides conveying a sense of withdrawn support, to appease the vocal minority clamoring for defunding the police.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.
Chauvin’s recent sentencing garners various opinions about how people should approach the subject.
Asheville City Council approved its budget with Kim Roney opposed. Roney wanted more equity and tax relief and would have preferred to freeze 30 police vacancies.
An interest group issued a statement of disapproval of the Madison County Sheriff’s recent hiring of a fired APD officer.
After Asheville City Council committed $2.1 million toward unspecified reparations, a handful of activists demanded another $30 million to zero out the police department’s budget.
On September 23, while exercising his First Amendment rights (freedom of the press) to cover another First Amendment right event (assembly), Skyline News’ Chad Nesbitt was seriously injured and remains in the hospital.
Asheville City Council originally wanted to contract for an independent review of police action during the local protests undertaken in George Floyd’s name, but they were dissuaded by the $80,000 price tag. So, they settled for the attorney’s review and a separate after-action report to be completed by the Asheville Police Department.
I watched my first sporting event since the era of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and COVID-19 began, and I thought I’d relate my impressions of my viewing experience.
Mark Meadows Meadows called some BLM protestors’ attacks on people and property “appalling.”
A resolution scheduled for adoption by Asheville City Council June 14 stated that slavery, forced segregation, and destruction of functional minority communities in the name of urban renewal are wrong.