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UNC Police officer kneels on individual in front of Undergraduate Library

Update Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 1:10 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect additional information from UNC Media Relations and the UNC Police. 

Content Warning: This article contains mention of use of force by law enforcement. 




An officer from the UNC Police Department was seen kneeling on an individual in front of the Undergraduate Library around 9:30 p.m. Monday night.

In videos obtained by The Daily Tar Heel, officers appear to be searching the individual's belongings and kneeling on him for over three consecutive minutes. 

UNC Media Relations confirmed that police made an arrest, and the UNC Police crime log was updated to show that the incident was reported at 9:12 p.m.

The individual arrested was not affiliated with the University, according to Media Relations, and was put under arrest for the use of drugs, possessing/concealing drugs or drug paraphernalia. The individual resisted arrest, the University said.

"Chief Brian James has conducted an initial review of the footage of this arrest and determined that departmental policies were followed by the officers," The University said.

One of the officers shown kneeling did not give his identification on the scene, but said further information about the incident will be provided via "CAD incident" — a computer aided dispatch. 

The UNC Police crime log describes incidents as they are first reported to police. The description column in the crime log does not reflect the conclusion of a police investigation. The case is still open.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates. 

@livvreilly | @alliemkelly

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