It seems, once again, that the spotlight has fallen on one of North Carolina's law enforcement agencies, and once again the system is wrought with corruption. This time the Asheville Police Department evidence room has been caught unable to produce the 400 oxycodone pills supposedly seized in a prior arrest. Police Chief [Bill] Hogan has promised a full investigation, including an audit of the evidence room.
The whole situation is incredibly reminiscent of what occurred in 2007 with Sheriff Bobby Medford, when the sheriff’s department was found to have $217,769 missing from the evidence room, along with 233 handguns and 114 rifles and shotguns, after their department was audited. Hogan swears there will be complete cooperation with the State Bureau of Investigation and the district attorney to determine whether this was an isolated event or not. However, how can the public trust the validity of an investigation conducted by the SBI when just last year it was exposed that 230 cases across the state were in question because of the SBI falsifying evidence? This includes many cases of blood work and, in the case of Floyd Brown, a false confession.
It appears that North Carolina’s law enforcement agencies believe they can operate outside the realm of legality and treat policing more along the lines of the mafia rather than the accredited agency they are supposed to be. How many times do these departments have to be exposed committing heinous acts of corruption before the public will stand up and say, enough? How many innocent people have to be locked up before we demand that something changes?
— Noah Young