Asheville council wants more data on police interactions with homeless

Asheville City Council members are looking for more information on how police officers interact with the homeless. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Asheville City Council members are looking for more information on how police officers interact with the homeless.

During the last Public Safety Committee meeting, data from the Homeless Management System shows only 10 percent of the homeless population have interactions with police. That's about 50 per year.

That information contradicts an earlier finding by the Code for Asheville, which found over a 10-year time period that thousands of charges were given to the homeless.

"The city is going to provide what data they can" councilman Cecil Bothwell said. "They could give us data stripped of names in order to help us see better how the problem is and how we might address it in the future."

The city plans to look at more data during its next Public Safety Committee meeting on Feb. 27.

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