APD must stop ignoring crime

Recently, my friends at City Bakery on Biltmore Avenue were attacked by a razorblade-wielding woman who was attempting to steal a tip jar. As someone who works near the City Bakery location, I can attest to an escalation in disruption of business on our stretch of Biltmore Avenue over the past year. Now that these disruptions (from the usual panhandling to a raving man spewing expletives in the business where I work) have escalated to assault with a deadly weapon, I have to ask what the Asheville Police Department intends to do.

I can step out the back door and see people drinking out of open containers, urinating in public, smoking pot etc. I can look out our front windows midday and see intoxicated people staggering across Biltmore Avenue or asking every passerby for change, including patrons of the bakery who are simply trying to enjoy a meal in the open. If I can see this on a daily basis, then why can’t the police see these same activities and do something about it?

Every time an incident happens, we call the police and report it. That diligence has not resulted in a more visible police presence. I hope that the recently touted APD foot patrols will reach our section of downtown. If not, the next story in the daily paper could be one with a much more tragic ending.

— Michelle Raiford

About Webmaster
Mountain Xpress Webmaster Follow me @MXWebTeam

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.

One thought on “APD must stop ignoring crime

  1. William P Miller

    Good point Michelle. I wish the APD would spend more time walking the streets of Asheville, rather than sit in speed traps on I-40 and I-240. That is the job of the highway patrol. Of course we can thank the greedy money handlers at city hall for wanting the speeding ticket revenue.

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.