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Occupy Chapel Hill protests town's support of police raid

Posted January 9, 2012
Updated January 10, 2012

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— Members of the Occupy Chapel Hill movement protested at a Town Council meeting Monday over the town's support of police officers who stormed into an illegal encampment on Franklin Street with guns drawn.

"The town government is dangerously out of touch with the people of Chapel Hill, responding to civil disobedience with potentially lethal force," Alex Berkman said at Monday night's meeting.

The protesters said police went too far, but Chapel Hill town manager Roger Stancil defended officers' actions. 

In a report released Friday night and presented to the council Monday, Stancil contends that officers made the best decisions they could with the information they had at the time of the raid and that the actions of the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) were consistent with training designed to keep officers and protesters safe. 

Seven protesters were charged with breaking into the Yates Motor Co. building, at 419 W. Franklin St., on Nov. 13 and setting up camp overnight.

Two members of the media were also detained during the raid, but were later released.

Stancil's report did highlight the need for better communication when making tactical decisions that affect the community at large and to prevent situations in which media members get caught up in a crime scene.

Protesters want an independent review of the use of police force, but the council took no action on a petition to do that, instead referring the report to the Community Policing Advisory Committee for further review. The committee will report back to the council March 26.

"I was really outraged at the report," said Daniel Metzer. "These officers were armed to the teeth."

He asked the council for a "condemnation of the use of these terror tactics on people occupying a building."

Metzer conceded that those arrested were trespassing, but said that didn't justify bringing out automatic weapons.

"Many of my friends are among the arrestees and detainees," Metzer said. "They were not supposed to be there. Police should tell them, 'You are trespassing.' That's how trespassing laws work."


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  • gunny462 Jan 11, 2012

    "You forgot a 12th level YOGI master to boot."

    omg that's hilarious too! HA HA

  • wral mods blow close my account Jan 11, 2012

    Oh NOes the BBB. Gunny you are a hoot. Considering there was no name for the yogi instructor. Your request will be ignored. But you may have wasted CH time reading the email. More taxes hikes for everyone - Yeah

  • gunny462 Jan 11, 2012

    "Enjoy your tax hike CH. Make sure your PD exercises their "real experience" by using SWAT to break up local keg parties too. cvdurh"

    Yup, if they enjoy it, it will be a direct cause by the anarchists who created the problem by unlawful entry and destruction of private property.

    BTW thank you for the link to the so called 'yoga' class, I have reported them to the BBB and have fired off a question to CH regarding licenses by the individual under the state licensing program, certified yoga instructorship and proper training i.e CPR etc. I am sure they're going to have a lot of fun for the next few.. ooh what? years? All thanks to you LOL

  • kermit60 Jan 11, 2012

    They were not "just trespassing" they had comitted breaking and entering. And i believe they were asked to just leave , but refused. They should have pepper sprayed all of them. As far as the media goes. If you put yourself with criminals during a crime them you get what you deserve.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 11, 2012

    When you hand out flyers all you are saying is "Hey can you throw this away for me?"

  • wral mods blow close my account Jan 11, 2012

    "You and hag are the real anarchists." gunny462

    You forgot a 12th level yogi master to boot.

    Enjoy your tax hike CH. Make sure your PD exercises their "real experience" by using SWAT to break up local keg parties too.

  • gunny462 Jan 11, 2012

    "Also, since the LEOs have been cleared of ANY excessive force, wheres YOUR proof of your post? oops none, that's riiiight" gunny462

    "I'm shocked, shocked to learn the-powers-that-be investigated and cleared themselves. LOL cvdurham"

    You ask me to read a yoga flyer placed by anarchists but YOU can't even read this article? LOL Who did the investigation and who now is doing a review? yea didn't think you read it. What's amazing is that you and hag will readily side with a 'group of peaceful protestors' but will condemn the use of a firearm by a single child protecting HIS rights and liberties. You and hag are the real anarchists. You spew words "para-military" Assault rifles" "Excessive Force" when in reality (that's the real world to the out of touch, like you) who are the ones who use these words to describe themselves? ANARCHISTS.

  • thepeopleschamp Jan 10, 2012

    "Are these the same anarchists who were passing out the free yoga welcome flyers? OOOOO be afraid, be very afraid." cvdurham

    They handed out flyers, so what? Does handing out flyers magically make you incapable of violence or something? Stay on the sidelines and let people with real experience make the important decisions while you tell everyone how you would have done it better.

  • wral mods blow close my account Jan 10, 2012

    "And this pretains to anarchists wanting to commit violence how? Yeah didn't think so. What? you didn't think real americans couldn't see through the fog you attempt to create? lol" - gunny462

    Gunny it pertains to the ACTUAL free yoga flyers that the CH "anarchist" were handing out. It was in an attachment to the report done on the raid. Did you read it? Yeah - didn't think so.

  • wral mods blow close my account Jan 10, 2012

    "CVDurham, you know as well as I do they are not going sue. " NCSU08

    Agreed but the defense I was talking about was the investigation needed to defend the use of force to the public. The ravers would never win a lawsuit since they were technically B&E.

    You don't get paid for comp time. That's just wrong. I'd still like to see the bill for this raid. I doubt SWAT costs nothing or it would be used more.