“We urge Asheville City Council not to defund the police but make changes needed to rid police of the ‘bad apples’ after due process, and to properly train officers going forward.”
“The act bans certain lethal actions by police, creates an accountability system and proposes implementing services in communities that would ultimately create less of a need for policing.”
“Using the momentum of grief and outrage over our fellow citizens killed in cold blood with near impunity, we can insist on equitable law enforcement practices.”
“Let’s keep an open mind and work toward a multilayered solution that benefits all of our communities through meaningful reform and doesn’t pander to the status quo.”
Asheville Police Chief David Zack announced his plan to restructure the department during Council’s June 9 meeting. His proposal calls for the creation of a community engagement division and an independent investigation into APD’s handling of recent protests.
“An officer’s failure to report a partner’s crimes should be a crime itself — to be criminally punished and require permanent forfeiture of an officer’s certification.”