Here’s a new wrinkle in the ongoing Asheville Police Department scandal involving Asheville Police Chief William Anderson and a police lieutenant who said the chief tried to force him to lie about an investigation into a wreck involving Anderson’s son. Pete Kaliner, host of talk radio show on WWNC AM 570, says there’s a recording of the conversation between Anderson and the lieutenant, Bill Wilke.
Wilke made the accusation a couple of weeks ago. State Bureau of Investigation and city of Asheville officials investigated, and Asheville City Council recently held a press conference to express confidence in Anderson’s leadership.
During that SBI probe, Lt. Wilke was interviewed about what happened. During that interview, Wilke claims he was called into the Chief’s office where an attempt was made to coerce him into changing his testimony. …
Until now, that private meeting between Chief Anderson, Lt. Wilke, and Capt. Stoney Gonce was just a “he said, he said” kind of allegation. There was no reason to think Lt. Wilke could prove an attempted coercion. Likewise, there was no reason to think the Chief and Captain could prove it did not occur.
But all that might change.
I have been told that Lt. Wilke recorded the meeting.
Furhter, I’ve been informed that Lt. Wilke offered to play that tape for the Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson, who was leading the City’s internal investigation. According to my source, Richardson declined to listen to it.
There was never any mention of an audio recording in the official report to City Council, so it’s unclear if Council was made aware that it exists.
If true, the City’s internal review findings might need to be updated.