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Pastor Claims Racist Witch Hunt of Police Chief

 For months controversy and scandal have engulfed Asheville police Chief William Anderson.  It stems from a late night car wreck in March involving the chief's son, Chad Anderson.  Then came allegations by Lt. Bill Wilke of a coverup, attempted coercion, and lies to protect Chad.  And just this week news broke the city council will hold a special meeting Friday to address these issues.

But the Reverend Keith Ogden told News 13's Mario Boone the real issue is race.  "I really believe that," he said.  "I really believe that.  Some people can never just accept the fact that a black man can become chief."

Ogen, senior pastor at Hill Street Baptist Church, slammed the investigation of Chief Anderson as a witch hunt.  "I just think enough is enough.  We need to let the chief be the police chief."

But Anderson's predecessor, Bill Hogan, who is white, also faced tough criticism and quit under a cloud.  Ogden said the Anderson scandal results from some rank and file who simply can't be satisfied. 

"They'll bring somebody else in and they'll scrutinize them."

While Ogden supports the chief, he didn't hold back criticism of Anderson's handling of events leading to this point.

"I would've never gave a news conference, though it was innocent.  Number two, his son should've never put his father in that position.  And it probably could've been handled different."

Ogden, who's half white, summed it up like this: "Until he has proven he cannot lead, and there must be some evidence that he can't lead, then they need to leave him alone and let him lead."

Click here for Reverend Ogden's entire interview.

By: Mario Boone, mlboone@wlos.com
Follow on Twitter: @marioboone


 



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