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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