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Asheville officer says some tried to make him lie about wreck

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

An Asheville Police Department officer has filed a formal complaint claiming some officials tried to force him to cover up a wreck involving the chief's son.

Lt. William Wilke filed the complaint June 17 stating since the March 9 wreck involving Chief William Anderson's son, Anderson and others have not been truthful about the accident, according to a public statement sent to FOX Carolina by Wilke's lawyer.

Wilke was the scene commander at the wreck but statements made by Anderson and another captain conflicted with what happened at the accident, according to Wilke's statement.

Wilke said he contacted the City Manger and Assistant City Manager on March 13 to tell them what the chief told a local newspaper was false, but said he was told to wait until the State Bureau of Investigation's case was complete.

The next day, Wilke said he turned in a report detailing the wreck and was then removed from a meeting with the SBI. Wilke said he was brought into the chief's office to talk with Anderson and a captain where he said he was coerced and expected to give a set of facts about the chief's son wreck, "That were clearly false and misleading."

Wilke said he refused then gave a statement to the SBI with that information March 15.

Then on June 7, Wilke said documentation in the evidence room did include the captain's statement, which he claimed contained the contradictions. He said he asked the city manager for a copy of the captain's statement but has yet to see it.

Wilke said he has two other high-ranking officers that will provide sworn statements supporting his case, "Indicating a pattern of ongoing behavior that avoids accountability, generates false and misleading information and has severely injured morale within the rank and file of the Asheville Police Department."

Wilke said he does not wish to resign and is proud to "wear the same uniform" of the majority of the Asheville police force.

The city's spokesperson Dawa Hitch said the complaint is making its way through the standard channels for similar complaints and the next step is to meet with the appropriate staff but could not comment in depth on personnel matters.

Hitch released the following timeline and statement regarding the complaint:

"Mon. June 17, Lt. Bill Wilke files complaint with the city manager

"Fri. June 21, Email and letter sent from city manager's office to Lt. Wilke acknowledging receipt of his complaint and outlining a meeting will be organized for this week (wk of June 24) to discuss his complaint.

"Mon. June 24, Lt. Bill Wilke hand delivers an addendum to his June 17 complaint.

"Tues., June 25, staff is made aware, through the media, of a press conference held this morning by Lt. Wilke.

'As the timeline indicates the complaint is making its way through the standard channels for complaints of this nature.

"The next step in the standard process is for the complainant to meet with the appropriate staff (e.g., HR Director and Deputy City Manager) and for the staff members involved in a complaint to be notified a complaint has been filed against them.

"That is really all the information I have to share right now. We are pretty limited by state statutes to what can be said regarding personnel matters."

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