City of Asheville launches Community EMT Pilot Program downtown

  In response to feedback from downtown stakeholders about the need for increased resources to maintain a welcoming, safe downtown experience, the City of Asheville has launched a Community EMT Pilot Program.   The vision is for this six-week pilot program to integrate the roles of public safety official and medical responder into one team. Under this pilot [...]

Asheville Police opens registration for fall Citizens Police Academy

  The Asheville Police Department invites residents to apply for the fall semester of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA). This free course teaches participants about the philosophies, policies and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing police services in the community. It gives participants an opportunity to appreciate and better understand the problems [...]

Asheville Police Department invites neighborhoods to participate in National Night Out

  National Night Out is an annual event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Neighborhood events are a great way to do some community-building between residents and the Asheville Police Department. This year’s National Night Out happens on Aug. 7. It’s considered America’s Night Out Against [...]

Asheville Police introduce online system for locating towed vehicles

  The Asheville Police Department is excited to announce a new online system for locating towed vehicles. If your vehicle has been towed by APD you can locate it by visiting www.findmytow.com and search by license plate or VIN number. The system will locate your vehicle and provide you with the following information: Impound date; Location the vehicle [...]

One-stop portal: Press releases, graphics and documents related to APD excessive use of force investigation in one place

The City of Asheville has gathered all press releases, graphics and documents related to a former Asheville Police officer excessive use of force investigation into this portal on the City of Asheville website. The information relates to an use of excessive force against Johnnie Jermaine Rush by former Officer Christopher Hickman in August 2017. See the links [...]

City of Asheville Police Department body-worn camera viewing information guide

These recordings depict an event which occurred August 24 and 25, 2017. What happened in these recordings is unacceptable and does not meet the standards of the Asheville Police Department, the values of the City of Asheville, or the expectations of Asheville residents. Christopher Hickman, who used dangerous and excessive force against Johnnie Rush, was [...]

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.   Christopher William Hickman   Here is the press release from the Buncombe County [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 shared [...]

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