- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice says the agency is looking into problems at the Asheville Police Department.

Attorney general spokeswoman Noelle Talley said the review began Oct. 14, The Asheville Citizen-Times (https://avlne.ws/13M8nW3) reported.

Talley said the Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission is conducting a preliminary review that she said could lead to an investigation.

The commission investigates violations of the standards for officers, departments and training schools. It can direct further investigation, request a State Bureau of Investigation review, or determine sanctions for violations.

Deputy Chief Wade Wood said the police department is working with the state agency with their review.

The review started the day after police briefed District Attorney Ron Moore on traffic citations issued in the last year based on speed measured by radar guns with out-of-date certifications. Moore dismissed hundreds of tickets because of the problems.

The city also is conducting its own review of the problems with the radar gun certification, City Manager Gary Jackson said last week.

Forty-four officers have signed a petition saying they have no confidence in department leaders.

Mayor Esther Manheimer said this week the city is in “triage mode” in dealing with problems at the police department.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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