Posted May 15, 1997
CARRBORO — The parents of five black college students are asking a county panel to review whether their sons' rights were violated when Carrboro police detained them at gunpoint.
The five men say they were visiting a friend about 4:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at a Carrboro apartment complex when someone called police to report a group of men were breaking into a car. A series of car break-ins had been reported at the complex the previous week.
Eight officers rushed to the scene and arrested the men. One officer told the men: "Just try to run and see what happens."
The officers then handcuffed the men and had them kneel on the ground. When police determined that no cars had been damaged, they released the men.
Carrboro Town Manager Bob Morgan says police did nothing wrong. Carrboro police say the officers were counseled for their behavior, and the department is reviewing how officers are trained to detain people suspected of committing felony, as well as releasing people when there is no probable cause for an arrest.
The students and their families are seeking a public apology.