One of the bastions of liberalism in North Carolina has long been Asheville, located in the western part of the state up in the mountains.
For some unexplained reason, a significant number of officers have quit working for the police department, so there are a list of things that will no longer cause a policeman to respond.
The police department has lost 84 officers since hiring a new Chief (from New York State) in February 2020.
The mayor and the entire City Council are female. Three of the seven members of the city council are black women, which is quite an accomplishment since the city is about 80% white people. So we can conclude that the government of Asheville is not representative of its citizens.
Kim Coney, piano teacher, ran on this platform:
“We need a just transition through the emergencies of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, systemic racism, and economic instability. The work we must do to ensure a resilient community includes urgent action to take better care of the planet and each other.”
Oh, and they cut funding for police in November 2020