One of the most galling facets of the current Asheville Police Department scandal, according to insiders, is how Chief William Anderson handled a wreck involving a police officer in January.
In the January wreck, and patrol officer wrecked a vehicle on Interstate 240. The police chief apparently reacted angrily by discipling the officer, Joe Kanupp. The officer, who had a stellar driving record up to his crash but was cited in the January incident, was suspended and the use of his take-home car was suspended for two months. Then Chief Anderson sent out an email saying that from now on, officers would be responsible for paying for damage to vehicles out of their own pocket. There’s also a revised crash investigation policy that’s been issued. This is hearsay information for me right now – I’m working on confirming. It’s a move that upset the rank-and-file, and calls into questions regarding insurance policies the city has in place.
Fast-forward to a couple of weeks ago and the wreck involving a car registered to Anderson and his son, Chad Anderson. Anderson moved to have his own agency investigate the wreck, a move that, on the face of it, would lend itself to covering up potentially damaging information. This was also a move that engendered zero confidence by the rank-and-file in Chief Anderson. Last week, Anderson apologized and the SBI was called in to investigate.
Bottom line: the chief has no tolerance for a patrol officer’s wreck, but shows leniency toward his 22-year-old son.