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The Daily Planet's Opinion: CIBO’s resolution of support for APD? It was courageous
Saturday, 04 September 2021 15:46

We applaud the courage and leadership of the Council of Independent Owners for the unanimous vote of its membership on Aug. 20 to approve a resolution in support of the Asheville Police Department, which is suffering a staffing crisis following 90 resignations and retirements of sworn officers between Jan. 1, 2020-Aug. 4, 2021. That is nearly a third of the force of about 200 officers.


The steep attrition began in January 2020, as sometimes-violent riots and protests throughout 2020 in downtown Asheville included verbal and violent attacks (and threats) on APD officers — and a thoroughly demoralizing Defund the APD drive.


What’s more, ever-so-boldly CIBO challenged others in the community by stating in an Aug. 20 press release that the private organization “calls on the Asheville City Council, along with all citizens, businesses and nonprofit organizations to show their support as well.”


CIBO was founded in 1987 by a group of local business-owners who, according to its website, “envisioned an organization that would: “educate business-owners about the way local government works and its effect on business; provide a conduit for the flow of information between business and government; work to make Asheville-Buncombe area a better place to do business and encourage business-owners to serve on boards and commissions and to run for public office.”


The entire resolution appears elsewhere in this edition, but suffice it to say Asheville Councilwoman Kim Roney, council’s most strident proponent of the Defund the APD movement, surely must have winced when she read in CIBO’s resolution that it — quite pointedly — resolves “that the Council of Independent Business Owners publicly acknowledges their support for the commitment and sacrifice made by each and every member of the City of Asheville police force and calls on every elected and appointed official in the City of Asheville to lend support and financial resources in order for the department to fully serve the citizens.” 

Thanks, CIBO, for filling the leadership void missing here! Bravo, CIBO! Bravo!

 



 


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