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Former Asheville Police officer charged, taken into custody

Former Asheville Police officer charged, taken into custody

  Former Asheville Police officer Christopher Hickman was taken into custody the evening of March 8, 2018, and charged with Assault by Strangulation, Assault Inflicting Serious Injury and Communicating Threats for actions during the August 24, 2017, excessive use of force incident against Johnnie Rush.     Here is the press release from the Buncombe

Asheville City Council issues statement to the community in wake of APD excessive use of force

Asheville City Council issues statement to the community in wake of APD excessive use of force

  A statement by Asheville City Council   Like you, we are angry. We are angry that a black man walking home from a long day at work was stopped for jaywalking — something most of us do regularly without consequence.  We are angry that Johnnie Rush was attacked, beaten, choked and tased by a


Asheville City Council votes to support City Manager’s release of personnel information related to APD investigation

Asheville City Council votes to support City Manager’s release of personnel information related to APD investigation

Asheville City Council held a special called meeting March 5, 2018, in which the Council went into closed session to consult with the City Attorney about the Aug. 24, 2017, use of force incident involving former Asheville Police Senior Officer Chris Hickman.   This incident follows the March 1, 2018, media release of body-worn video

City of Asheville files petition to order release of additional APD body-cam footage

City of Asheville files petition to order release of additional APD body-cam footage

  The City of Asheville filed a petition today under N.C. General Statute § 132-1.4A, asking the Buncombe County Superior Court to order the release of additional body-worn camera recordings of Asheville Police Department officers relating to the August 2017 arrest of Johnnie Jermaine Rush. A copy of the petition can be found here: Petition of the City

Q&A: Asheville Police body-worn camera, use of force policies

Q&A: Asheville Police body-worn camera, use of force policies

The City of Asheville, including the Asheville Police Department, is committed to being as transparent as possible within the law. The following questions are questions City Council and staff have heard throughout the community. Staff will continue to collect common questions through the comments shared on the Community Engagement Hotline, 828-259-5900, and comments to be


Asheville City Council to hold special meeting March 5

Asheville City Council to hold special meeting March 5

  Asheville City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 5, 2018, in the Council Chamber, Second Floor of City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to hold a closed session. “The purpose of this meeting is, in part, to discuss the release of additional information related to a former APD officer’s

Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper issues statement

Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper issues statement

Please note revised timeline below.   A statement by Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper regarding the video below:   The acts demonstrated in this video are unacceptable and contrary to the Department’s vision and the progress we have made in the last several years in improving community trust. Officers know that they must earn the

City officials attend meeting to have dialogue about police video

City officials attend meeting to have dialogue about police video

Please note revised timeline below. In response to the violent acts against a city resident, Mayor Esther Manheimer, Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler, and Police Chief Tammy Hooper met with the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) and the Baptist Ministers Union (BMU) the afternoon on March 1. The participants had an open dialogue about the video and


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