Also, a new light-induced meditation center has opened in downtown Asheville, and more.
The downtown police district proposal faced criticism when it was first proposed about two years ago.
The city of Asheville plans to contract with Robert C. White, a retired former police chief, to serve in the interim.
Also, "overtourism" is a new buzzword, and much more.
Asheville City Council members Brian Haynes, Keith Young and Sheneika Smith said they want to take a closer look at Police Department funding.
"You look like I kicked your puppy," Barbara Whitehorn, the city's chief financial officer, told Asheville City Council after she finished her budget presentation.
Asheville City Council will meet on Tuesday to consider taking more action.
James E. Ferguson II was a student at Stephens-Lee High School when he first started fighting for civil rights in the 1950s.
Hundreds of residents attended a Wednesday night meeting to vent their anger.
Asheville City Council wants to know how the Asheville Police Department and its officers are affected by structural racism and implicit and explicit bias.
Here's a timeline of events.
Asheville's police chief and district attorney have suggested an investigation into who leaked the police body cam video may be in order.
Who leaked the video to the Asheville Citizen-Times?
The SBI declined to investigate the incident, saying too much time had passed to make an investigation effective.
The actions of the Asheville Police Department officer are a step backward for the department, Mayor Esther Manheimer said.
The newspaper obtained body cam video that shows an Asheville Police Department officer beating and choking a man last summer.
Also, there's a new exhibit called "Wicked Plants" coming to the N.C. Arboretum, and more.
The Return to Love AVL campaign features bumper stickers and an Instagram account.
Also, Walt Dickinson of Wicked Weed thinks a "certified independent craft" seal on beer is a waste of time, and more.
Hooper is currently deputy police chief in Alexandria, Va.