In less than a week, there have been 11 arrests connected to the toppling of Silent Sam. One arrest was made Monday night, and seven were made Saturday during a rally of approximately 100 demonstrators. Three warrants have also been issued as a result of Monday night’s events, Chancellor Carol Folt said in a conference call with reporters.
"As of 12:45 p.m. today, there have been seven arrests in connection to a gathering on McCorkle Place. Three arrests were for assault, the fourth for destruction of property and the fifth arrest for resisting an officer," said Carly Miller, media relations manager for University Communications, in a statement. "The sixth arrest was for assault, destruction of property and inciting a riot. We are awaiting information on charges for the seventh arrest."
At 1:20 p.m., UNC Media Relations confirmed that the seventh arrest was for assault, destruction of property and inciting a riot. None of the people arrested on Saturday were affiliated with the University, Folt said.
This week, multiple statements have been released from the UNC-System Board of Governors, Chancellor Carol Folt, the Board of Trustees and UNC-System President Margaret Spellings. Statements have not only been released from entire boards, but individual BOG members have called for putting the statue back up within 90 days. These responses have developed alongside UNC departments and the Undergraduate Executive Branch praising the actions taken on Monday.
While the University has yet to release a consensus on the next steps for Silent Sam, Folt said they have time to find the right solution.
“I said from the start that I think in the interest of public safety, I would find a better location, a safe, secure location for the monument that would allow us to talk about it, learn from it and deal with it in a respectful and appropriate way,” Folt said. “And if I could do that, that is still what I believe is necessary. And I think we do have time to really look at this and identify what I believe can be a sustainable, lawful solution for the Confederate monument. I do believe that everyone wants the safety of the campus.”
She said people want the University to flourish, and that University leadership needs to work together to find the proper solution. Folt said, “And I think we’ll have time to really do that right, but we’re certainly thinking about it all the time."