Town officials condemn ‘aggressive police tactics’ at UNC, want charges dropped

Chapel Hill and Carrboro officials on Wednesday condemned “aggressive police tactics” and “the arrests of peaceful protestors” at a pro-Palestinian rally Tuesday on UNC’s campus.

In an announcement shared on social media, eight of 15 elected city officials additionally urged Orange-Chatham District Attorney Jeff Nieman to dismiss the charges and citations issued to protesters “and to prioritize restorative justice rather than punitive measures.”

“We, the undersigned, believe that, in taking this unnecessary step, UNC administration created an environment that inevitably resulted in an escalation of force, including the use of pepper spray against its own students,” the assertion stated. “This use of aggressive police tactics against students and community members invites aggressive responses, and only serves to escalate an already tense situation.”

Carrboro Mayor Barbara Foushee and Chapel Hill Mayor Jess Anderson didn’t signal the assertion.

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Anderson and Chapel Hill Town Manager Chris Blue, who retired final yr as police chief, didn’t reply to telephone calls from The News & Observer on Tuesday looking for remark in regards to the protest on campus.

Chapel Hill and Carrboro police didn’t help UNC Police with the protest response, although Chapel Hill police did reply different calls on campus through the protest, a city spokesman instructed The N&O on Tuesday.

That angered Chapel Hill Board of Trustees Chairman John Preyer, who on Tuesday referred to as it “outrageous that the Town of Chapel Hill did not provide law enforcement support to UNC‘s first responders working to determine order on campus.”

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