WLOS: Trial date set

Reporting by Charles Perez for WLOS. Read or watch the story here: https://wlos.com/news/local/trial-date-set-in-aston-park-felony-littering-case

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WLOS: ACLU Backs Defendants

(WLOS is a Sinclair station!!) Read/watch the full story here: https://wlos.com/news/local/aclu-north-carolina-supports-16-defendants-aston-park-felony-littering-case-banned-from-asheville-city-parks

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Citizen-Times: ACLU of NC, press advocates petition to release Asheville police reporter arrests bodycam

This article is related to our prosecution, though the journalists arrested on Christmas night 2021 are not among the defendants charged with felony littering or banned from parks. “The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, Freedom of the Press Foundation and Committee to Protect Journalists have petitioned the Buncombe County Superior Court for release… Continue reading Citizen-Times: ACLU of NC, press advocates petition to release Asheville police reporter arrests bodycam

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Citizen-Times: 5 felony littering cases will go to trial in Asheville; defendants express ‘dismay’

Five people charged by the Asheville Police Department with felony littering will see their cases go to trial in Buncombe County Superior Court. The felony littering charges followed December 2021 protests at Aston Park, and various North Carolina attorneys have called the charges “rare” and “unusual.” “I’m having a hard time understanding why we’ve even… Continue reading Citizen-Times: 5 felony littering cases will go to trial in Asheville; defendants express ‘dismay’

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Citizen-Times: ACLU of NC challenges Asheville’s park bans against felony littering defendants

“The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina sent a letter Jan. 19 to several members of Asheville leadership challenging a park ban policy that restricted 14 individuals’ access to city parks, according to an ACLU news release obtained by the Citizen Times. “Felony littering is an extremely rare charge, and several of those charged… Continue reading Citizen-Times: ACLU of NC challenges Asheville’s park bans against felony littering defendants

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ACLU of North Carolina Challenges City of Asheville’s Park Ban Policy as a Violation of Constitutional Rights

Residents exercising First Amendment rights unjustly banned from city parks after participation in peaceful demonstration FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2023 Contact: Keisha Williams, kmwilliams@acluofnc.org, (984) 884-7991 RALEIGH – The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina today sent a letter Thursday to the City of Asheville’s Director of Parks and Recreation, City Manager, City… Continue reading ACLU of North Carolina Challenges City of Asheville’s Park Ban Policy as a Violation of Constitutional Rights

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Statement: Response to APD’s January 11th Press Release

On Wednesday, January 11th, 2023, Asheville Police Department (APD) issued a widely circulated press release stating that 120,000 lbs of “trash” were removed from two “vacant” homeless encampments in West Asheville.  We believe that this press release is part of an ongoing misinformation campaign by the City of Asheville to justify evicting encampments, fracturing communities… Continue reading Statement: Response to APD’s January 11th Press Release

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Statement: legal process update

Hi! It’s been a while since we’ve posted a statement. Here’s an account of what’s happened so far, with a few updates. Expect more to come soon! One year ago local activists held a multi-day community event in a local park, Aston Park, to raise awareness of homeless camp evictions. On December 25, 2021 police… Continue reading Statement: legal process update

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Citizen-Times: “Grand jury indicts 16 people charged with felony littering in Asheville’s Aston Park”

 Sarah Honosky writes: “All 16 people charged by the Asheville Police Department with felony littering have been indicted by a Buncombe County grand jury, moving a case North Carolina attorneys have called “rare” and “unusual” to Buncombe County Superior Court.  Pip Flickinger and other defendants are charged following December protests calling for sanctuary camping at Aston… Continue reading Citizen-Times: “Grand jury indicts 16 people charged with felony littering in Asheville’s Aston Park”

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

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