New date announced for Carrier Park Velodrome ribbon-cutting

PLEASE NOTE: With snow and frigid temps in the forecast for Wednesday, the Velodrome ribbon cutting has been rescheduled to March 28.   Bicyclists, get ready! The Carrier Park Velodrome reopens this month. The Carrier Park Velodrome improvements began in July and are now complete. To celebrate, the City of Asheville will host a ribbon cutting at 4:30 [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold special meeting March 16

Asheville City Council will hold a special called meeting at 4:15 p.m. March 16 in the Council Chamber, second floor of Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza. The purpose of this meeting is to hold a closed session. Please see more information below. Contact the City Clerk at MBurleson@ashevillenc.gov with questions.   Notice of special called meeting for March [...]

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 white police officer [...]

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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 footage of [...]

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 trust of our community [...]

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Asheville Mayor Manheimer issues statement about police video

On behalf of City Council, I apologize to Mr. Rush, an African American resident, regarding his treatment by Asheville Police on Aug. 24, 2017.   The City Council first learned, last night, from local media, about a highly disturbing video of an Asheville Police Officer assaulting Mr. Rush over jaywalking on Aug. 24, 2017.   The City Council and [...]

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 agreed to [...]

Asheville Police Professional Standards Report shows dramatic decrease in use of force

  The Asheville Police Department has released its 2017 Professional Standards annual report.  The Professional Standards report is released yearly to provide a comprehensive picture of the Asheville Police Department’s performance. The report analyzes the department’s vehicle pursuits, use of force, assaults on officers, bias-based policing and administrative investigations for calendar year 2017.   “One of [...]

City of Asheville launches online Development Portal as streamlined option for development review applications

Large construction projects continue to dot the downtown Asheville skyline. At right, the 45 Asheland Condominiums are under construction. At left in the background are the twin cranes erecting the Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine addition.   Developers, online applications for development review have come to the City of Asheville. Now you can file your applications for development review from the [...]

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