The Chapel Hill Police Department will hold a question and answer session to respond to questions about its military equipment Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
The Carrboro Police Department will hold a similar session Monday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Staff writer Maggie Monsrud asked Orange County residents, “What questions do you have for the police department about its military surplus equipment?”
Concern about excessive force
Daniel Pinelli, a senior political science and French major, said he was concerned about the militarization of the police and the potential for police to use excessive force.
“When I see instances of not just people like Michael Brown, but of also people before and after him, just being senselessly shot down by police, that concerns me,” he said, referencing the young, black man shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., in August.
“I think the primary reason I’m concerned with that is because I do not think that is any way to run the United States.
Not the biggest issue
Rachel Daniel, a senior political science and journalism major, said the militarization of police forces and the potential for excessive force is something that should be monitored, but she doesn’t think it will be a problem in Chapel Hill.