CORRECTION: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that graduate student Josh Davis was inside the Yates Motor Co. building at the time of the handcuffing. Davis was not inside of the building at the time of the handcuffing, but outside on the sidewalk. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
Caroline Johnson isn’t an Occupy protester, and she said she usually supports the police.
But the UNC senior is confused by their actions in breaking up protestors who took over the former Yates Motor Company building at 419 W. Franklin St. Sunday.
“In this case, it really makes them look like the bad guys,” she said — but she said she doesn’t know if that’s true.
Johnson joined protesters and media at a Monday afternoon town press conference where officials explained the Chapel Hill Police raid on the building and arrest of seven protestors. Police pointed guns and rifles at and handcuffed protesters during the action.
“I came to see why they used such big guns,” Johnson said.
Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt led Monday’s conference, where they defended the choice and said they made the decision after 18 hours of weighing options.
Blue said the image of police pointing rifles is not one town officials want to convey.
“We had no sense of what threats lurked in that building.”