A PowerPoint presentation containing scathing commentary about the ongoing Asheville Police Department controversy is making email rounds and landed in my in-box. Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, her fellow Councilmen Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith, Police Chief William Anderson and others are all targets. It arrived anonymously. I have no idea who created it.
If you haven’t been following, here’s the quick-and-dirty: Forty-four members of the Asheville Police Department recently signed a petition stating they have no confidence in the department’s leadership and the handling of a host of recent problems, including a WLOS investigation that revealed officers in the department had used faulty radar guns when issuing speeding tickets, a fact which later caused District Attorney Ron Moore to dismiss hundreds of infractions and promise to repay others. Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson recently announced a series of measures to address the issues, including an outside audit and the appointment of the city’s fire chief, Scott Burnett, to carry out any changes recommended by the audit.
The PowerPoint commentary mocks the entire mess and lack of process. Click on the link to download.