City of Asheville December 20, 2018 (1 month ago)

The Sparc Foundation Focused Deterrence Initiative

The Sparc Foundation of Asheville, NC receives funding from Asheville City, Buncombe County, Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, and Asheville Police Department per their website. In my opinion there appears to be a disproportionate number of African American young men being placed into this call-in, also referred to as the Violent Crime Initiative. I am asking for the demographic breakdown of the Focused Deterrent Program of this agency, because the Sparc Network receives the above mentioned County and City funding. Since, the violent crime initiative call-in is held in a public forum, that being the Buncombe County Courthouse, I am requesting names of "offenders" and the name of the Asheville Police Officer, Buncombe County Sheriff's Deputy or State probation Officer who placed the "offender" on the list as well. All call-ins take place in the public Buncombe County Courthouse. There needs to be an inquiry into potential discrimination and violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Note Buncombe County is only 6.4% African American, per cenus.gov.

Editor’s Note: We received an identical request to the one (above), but with the deletion of a few words. See below:

Message:  “The Sparc Foundation of Asheville, NC receives funding from Asheville City, Buncombe County, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, and Asheville Police Department per their website. In my opinion there appears to be a disproportionate number of African American young men being placed into this call-in, also referred to as the Violent Crime Initiative. I am asking for the demographic breakdown of this agency, because the Sparc Network receives the above mentioned County and City funding. Since, the violent crime initiative call-in is held in a public forum, that being the Buncombe County Courthouse, I am requesting names of “offenders” and the name of the Asheville Police Officer, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Deputy or State probation Officer who placed the “offender” on the list as well. All call-ins take place in the public Buncombe County Courthouse. There needs to be an inquiry into potential discrimination and violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.”

** There are only two or three differences in the wording between the two requests. Therefore, we will assume the sender submitted one request, and sent an identical request to indicate edited information. We’ve merged the two requests on the sender’s behalf, and the request we send will be the one indicated at the top of this page at  https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/sparc-foundation-focused-deterrence-initiative/

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Status: Follow up

Activity:

  • January 11, 2019 2:00 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    cc: “Kassi L. Day” <kassi.day@buncombecounty.org>,
    “Michael C. Frue” <Michael.Frue@buncombecounty.org>,
    Quentin Miller <quentin.miller@buncombecounty.org>,
    Randy Sorrells <Randall.Sorrells@buncombecounty.org>,
    “Williams, Todd M.” <Todd.m.williams@nccourts.org>,
    “Cogburn, Steven D.” <steven.d.cogburn@nccourts.org>,
    Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Jan 11, 2019, 2:00 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: The Sparc Foundation Focused Deterrence Initiative

     

    Hi Terry,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of this request! We appreciate your help.

     

    Hi Buncombe County Government, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department, Buncombe County DAs Office,

     

    Just want to check in and ask whether you can confirm receipt of the request and let us know whether it’s being processed. Thank you for your help.

     

    Have a great day!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • December 21, 2018 2:30 pm

    4 weeks ago

    from: Terry White <twhite@ashevillenc.gov>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com> cc: “Kassi L. Day” <kassi.day@buncombecounty.org>, “Michael C. Frue” <Michael.Frue@buncombecounty.org>, Quentin Miller <quentin.miller@buncombecounty.org>, Randy Sorrells <Randall.Sorrells@buncombecounty.org>, Todd.m.williams@nccourts.org, “Cogburn, Steven D.” <steven.d.cogburn@nccourts.org>, Public Records Request Inbox <opengov@ashevillenc.gov>
    date: Dec 21, 2018, 2:30 PM
    subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: The Sparc Foundation Focused Deterrence Initiative

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    i have received your request and will forward it to the appropriate record custodian(s) for processing. Once processing is complete, I will forward any responsive records to you. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.
    .All best,


    Please note that the City of Asheville’s offices will be closed December 24, 25 and 26. Responses to public record requests may take longer than usual due to the winter holidays.
    Teresa (Terry) White
    Public Records Officer
    City of Asheville


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • December 21, 2018 2:15 pm

    4 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: “Kassi L. Day” <kassi.day@buncombecounty.org>,
    “Michael C. Frue” <Michael.Frue@buncombecounty.org>,
    Quentin Miller <quentin.miller@buncombecounty.org>,
    Randy Sorrells <Randall.Sorrells@buncombecounty.org>,
    Todd.m.williams@nccourts.org,
    “Cogburn, Steven D.” <steven.d.cogburn@nccourts.org>
    cc: opengov@ashevillenc.gov
    date: Dec 21, 2018, 2:15 PM
    subject: Records Request: The Sparc Foundation Focused Deterrence Initiative

     

    Hi Buncombe County Government, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department, Buncombe County DAs Office, and City of Asheville Government,

     

    We received a request for info via www.sunshinerequest.com that may be available in your office(s). If there’s another entity that should be contacted let us know.

     

    Here are the details:

     

    Subject: The Sparc Foundation Focused Deterrence Initiative

     

    Message: “The Sparc Foundation of Asheville, NC receives funding from Asheville City, Buncombe County, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, and Asheville Police Department per their website. In my opinion there appears to be a disproportionate number of African American young men being placed into this call-in, also referred to as the Violent Crime Initiative. I am asking for the demographic breakdown of the Focused Deterrent Program of this agency, because the Sparc Network receives the above mentioned County and City funding. Since, the violent crime initiative call-in is held in a public forum, that being the Buncombe County Courthouse, I am requesting names of “offenders” and the name of the Asheville Police Officer, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Deputy or State probation Officer who placed the “offender” on the list as well. All call-ins take place in the public Buncombe County Courthouse. There needs to be an inquiry into potential discrimination and violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Note Buncombe County is only 6.4% African American, per cenus.gov.”

     

    **Editor’s Note: The requester has included a timeline for this request from January 1st, 2008 to December 19th, 2018

     

    Thank you for your assistance.
    Have a good day!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government