Asheville police officer charged, suspended after SBI investigation concludes excessive force

Press release from Asheville Police Department:

On February 11, 2020, Senior Police Officer Anthony Sorangelo and several other officers from the Asheville Police Department responded to a call for service regarding an intoxicated man lying on Hendersonville Road. During the arrest the man became agitated and combative while SPO Sorangelo assisted him into the patrol vehicle. Force was used during the arrest.

The use of force was reported according to the Asheville Police Department’s Use of Force policy. After reviewing the incident, Chief David Zack determined that a criminal investigation was necessary and the District Attorney was notified. The Office of the District Attorney requested the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to conduct an independent investigation into the use of force incident. The completed SBI investigation was submitted to the District Attorney last week. After review of the investigation materials, the District Attorney requested the SBI to charge SPO Sorgangelo with misdemeanor simple assault. On June 29 SPO Sorangelo was charged and placed on investigative suspension pending the completion of an internal review.

For any questions regarding the criminal investigation, please contact the District Attorney’s Office.

About Community Bulletin
Mountain Xpress posts selected news and information of local interest as a public service for our readers. To submit press releases and other community material for possible publication, email

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.