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Families of Falsely Arrested Men Face Town Leaders

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Carrboro town leaders met with five men falsely arrested in February and the men's families.
CARRBORO — Five young African-American men say theywere arrested for a crime they didn't commit. They also say their racewas the only reason they wound up in handcuffs.

The arrests took place in Carrboro in February. Police thought themen they apprehended had broken into a car, but they hadn't. Tuesday night, the five men and their families asked town leaders to takeanother look at the situation and make some policy changes.

They asked for two things. They want an apology and they want the townto review its police procedure.

It's been five months since Anthony Burrow and four of his friendsleft a Carrboro apartment complex at about 4 a.m. By the time they reacheda nearby intersection they were surrounded by at least eight policeofficers with their weapons drawn. The men say they had no weapons and hadcommitted no crime.

Jim Burrow, Anthony Burrow's father, says he takes issue with severalof the procedures used in the arrest.

Meeting with the men and their families were the Carrboro Board ofAldermen, the police chief, mayor and town manager. The parentsasked for and received an apology. They also asked for changes in policeprocedures regarding race as an arrest issue.

Carrboro Police Chief Dan Callahan says there is still work to be done interms of communication.

Parent Victoria Walker said she didn't think the meeting accomplishedmuch.

When the meeting ended at 9:30, most parents expressed disappointmentwith the results. They say their next step is to file a complaint againsteach officer involved in the February arrest to ensure that there will bea thorough investigation into the matter.

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