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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Asheville Police Department recognizes the anniversary of 911 technology

  The Asheville Police Department today recognizes and celebrates  the 50th anniversary of the first 911 call.   On Feb. 16, 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite made the first 911 call from the Haleyville City Hall.  From that small beginning, 911 technology has become more sophisticated in response to consumer expectations.   Each advancement has improved our [...]

Video: Asheville Police Department physical agility standards

  Ever wondered what physical agility standards Asheville Police Department recruits are required to complete? Well here’s an answer for you…it’s called the Police Officer Physical Agility Test (POPAT). And it’s part of the North Carolina state requirements to become a certified police officer. Pushups, broad jumps and the “bag roll” are only three of the tasks on [...]

2017 in review: Bonds and RADTIP get off the ground, equity initiative begins and more

With 2017 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville initiatives and developments from the past year. Here are 10 initiatives that your City government got off the ground in 2017. We’ll have 2018 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Bond projects began In November 2016, Asheville voters approved $74 million [...]

Asheville roads reopen after Monday’s storm

Updated information: The City of Asheville Street Division has closed Skyview Place near 1 Skyview Place due to a mudslide.  City staff are working to ensure residents can access their property. The repairs are expected to continue into next week. Street Division crews are working to clear mud off of Azalea Road today. The Cambridge Road mudslide has [...]

Asheville roads close in heavy rain, Flood Warning issued

The Asheville Fire Department is experiencing an increase in call volume, due to heavy rain conditions.   The following road are closed: Amboy Road – Mud slide/tree down in road Skyview Place – Mud slide Azalea Road East is closed from Tunnel Road to the fish pond – Flooding Cambridge Road – Utility issues Springdale and Richard – Large tree   Road now reopened: Biltmore [...]

While Tropical Storm Irma weakens, City of Asheville is still prepared for impacts

Here is the latest storm track for what has now become Tropical Storm Irma. The City of Asheville continues to closely monitor the storm for any local impacts. The path of Tropical Storm Irma now appears to be tracking somewhat west of Asheville. It is expected to come through through North Georgia/Tennessee/Western North Carolina on Monday/Tuesday.   The [...]

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