Asheville Police Officer Anthony Sorangelo Suspended and Charged

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Asheville Police officer Anthony Sorangelo was recently suspended and charged with assault for using excessive force back on February 11, 2020. The Asheville Police Department has not released many details about the incident. They say that Sorangelo responded to a report of an intoxicated man on the ground, used force, and whatever that force was, it was bad enough for the APD to do their own laundry. They called in the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and after they submitted their findings to the district attorney Sorangelo was charged with assault.

The video has yet to be released.

UPDATE: Today we learned that Officer Sorangelo was officially terminated by the Asheville Police Department. We have updated the source link for this story to one featuring the latest announcement from the APD. The disposition of Sorangelo's criminal charges appear to still be pending. Body camera footage does not appear to have been released publicly.

Sorangelo has not been without support in the community. Someone started an online petition asking that Sorangelo's charges be dropped. The petitioner accused District Attorney Todd Williams of targeting Sorangelo for political reasons after the death of George Floyd.

This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Sorangelo has been officially terminated.

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