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Providing Police Data: Community turns to Asheville City leaders

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The North Carolina Superior Court released brutal moments captured on body camera footage in Asheville, North Carolina earlier in April. 
The footage shows moments when Johnnie Rush was beaten and tased by police. 

"A lot of that trust was damaged in a lot of ways when that video was released, not just because of the force used in that video, but because it took so long for the public and city council to learn about it," Patrick Conant said. Conant presented to Asheville City Council Tuesday evening, explaining the community is calling for more transparency when it comes to police data. 

A petition on change.org calls for more information to be accessible to the public, items like: 

  • Use-of-force incidents by our police department,
  • Emergency (911) call data,
  • Crime report data,
  • Arrest and citation data,
  • Citizen complaints,
  • Traffic stop reports,
  • Demographic information on APD officers.  

Mayor Ether Manheimer said as soon as she watched the body camera footage she knew there was a larger issue to look into. 
"We talked about quarterly reports about stop data and things like that and I don't think that's come to fruition in the way that we were hoping. This

Mayor Manheimer said its data the city and police have been collecting for years but now needs to be analyzed to see what's worked and what hasn't 
so night like the one we saw in August, involving Johnnie Rush, don't happen again.   

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