Ashvegas: “As it pursues bogus littering charges against citizens, Asheville trashes ideal of compassionate city”

Jason Sanford writes: “This is the story of how a city lost compassion for its people.

“The felony charges, which Asheville police have rarely ever used, have shocked and scared those who stand accused. And that’s clearly the point. There’s rarely been a more clearcut case of local police intimidation.

The felony littering arrests marked a boiling point in the ham-handed way Asheville City Council dealt with homeless camps as they popped up along highways and city parks during the pandemic.” 

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