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CARRBORO — The parents of five black college studentsare asking a county panel to review whether their sons' rightswere violated when Carrboro police detained them at gunpoint.

The five men say they were visiting a friend about 4:30 a.m. Feb. 26 ata Carrboroapartment complex when someone called policeto report a group of men were breaking into a car. A series of carbreak-ins had been reported at the complex the previous week.

Eight officers rushed to the scene and arrested the men. One officertold 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 themen.

Carrboro Town Manager Bob Morgan says police did nothing wrong.Carrboro police say the officers were counseled for their behavior, andthe department is reviewing how officers are trained to detain peoplesuspected ofcommitting felony, as well as releasing people when there isno probable cause for an arrest.

The students and their families are seeking a public apology.

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