Group opposes $1M budget increase for Asheville Police Department

Beloved Asheville gave vocal opposition to Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper's request for a $1 million budget increase. Group members held signs and spoke out at City Hall before Tuesday night's Asheville City Council meeting. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Beloved Asheville gave vocal opposition to Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper's request for a $1 million budget increase. Group members held signs and spoke out at City Hall before Tuesday night's Asheville City Council meeting.

Hooper asked for the increase in the APD budget for fiscal year 2017-18 to double the police force in the downtown/South Slope area.

Members of the group Beloved Asheville held signs stating the million should go to the people. Group members think the money should be used instead for things like job training and improved public bus service.

"We know public transit creates access to housing, to jobs, to childcare, to all the community resources people need for life," Beloved Asheville's Amy Cantrell said.

The group believes funding should specifically go to help African-Americans in Asheville, by creating access to jobs, healthcare and education, as well as for the creation of black-owned businesses.

Beloved Asheville is an intentional community of people on the streets and margins of Asheville working to end homelessness, poverty and prejudice.

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