police

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Op-Ed: APD's New Brake Light Program Is a Dangerous Recuperation of Mutual Aid

In this op-ed, Libertie Valance argues that APD's new voucher system, designed to bolster support for police and undermine mutual aid, is both ineffective and dangerous.

Homelessness Consultants, “Part-Time” Public Records, & More This Week.

Welcome to “& More This Week,” The Asheville Free Press’ weekly(ish) newsletter, where I round up a few headlines that stood out to me over the week and share them with some opinion and context. If you’re not already, sign up to get these and all of our articles straight to your inbox.

Asheville Police Release New Policy on Encounters With Unhoused Residents

On February 15, 2022, Asheville Police Department (APD) finalized and released its new policy on encounters with the unhoused community. The document was released to us via email by APD spokesperson Samantha Booth.

"Restore Asheville Police" Initiative Needs a Reality Check

In the retelling of the gassing of protesters in the summer of 2020, the armored cops are the ones under attack.

Asheville Police Lied About Change in Homeless Camp Eviction Policy

APD claims policy on encounters with unhoused community members changed. Information obtained via public records requests reveals this to be untrue.

Community Art Party Leads to Multi-Day Demonstration Demanding ‘Sanctuary Camp’ at Aston Park

Housed and unhoused community members gathered at Aston Park on Sunday, December 19th, to make art, "share space," and "make time for grief." A flyer circulated on social media said the event was to take place between 1 and 6 pm, but over the course of the day, it evolved

Community Members Defend Family of Four Facing Eviction

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 4th, 2021, Buncombe County Sheriff's Office arrested six people at the home of a South Asheville family facing eviction. The group was standing, arms linked, attempting to stop the family's displacement by physically blocking the door. In a press release issued
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