Regarding Asheville Police Chief William Anderson: This is nothing but a witch hunt by a select group of cowardly people who want to see the demise and fall of Asheville's first African-American police chief. There are those in city government, city hall and the ranks of the APD who may not agree with the chief’s methods and or tactics, who want nothing more than to see him go away.
The chief is not responsible for his son's actions, and yes, maybe he should have contacted the district attorney personally after he found out his son was involved in an accident and/or asked for an outside investigation; and maybe the chief should not have given a news conference. Who’s advising the chief? You guys act as if the chief’s son committed murder.
In my opinion, this is a skin-color issue. There have been more cover ups inside the APD, city hall and city government, and these other people’s messes have been swept under the rug.
Yes, Anderson may be the chief of police, but he's still a father and a husband. Yes, his son must face the consequences of his actions, but the public needs to leave the chief alone and let him provide the leadership that the APD so desperately needs while fighting crime and policing up the city of Asheville.
This is what I know to be factual: They need to be investigating those within the ranks whose main purpose is to sabotage and discredit the chief. Yes, his son should have never put his father in this position, but no one can truly say how they would have responded given the same set of circumstances.
— Keith A. Ogden