A smoke grenade deployed by the police to disperse the angry crowd of counter demonstrators fills the air with blue smoke on Saturday, September 8th.

UNC Police defend officer actions at Silent Sam protests amid criticism

Following the toppling of Confederate monument Silent Sam, students and other organizations held protests on campus. UNC Police, Chapel Hill Police and other law enforcement departments from around the state have since faced criticism for their handling of these protests.


Chapel Hill Police

The Chapel Hill Police Department is committed to protecting, preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Chapel Hill through community-based policing. The police chief is Chris Blue. 

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UNC Chancellor Carol Folt walks with Mark Merritt, vice chancellor and general council of UNC, through the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Conference Center in Nashville, Tenn. during a lunch break Aug. 16, 2017.

Folt, McCracken receive dozens of emails and voicemails after toppling of Silent Sam

Following a public records request by the DTH for communications to the Chancellor's Office on Aug. 20 and 21, the University released 18 emails, one text and approximately 150 voicemails. The DTH has also received 11 emails sent to UNC Police Chief Jeff McCracken.  Many of those who contacted the chancellor were upset about the events that took place on Aug. 20, and revoked their support of the University -- emotionally, physically and monetarily. Others questioned the state of the University, the community and worried over what would happen next. 


A home in Windsor airs out along with all its contents after it was hit in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew. 

Fayetteville issues mandatory evacuations amid flooding risk

Town, state and national officials weigh in and offer guidance for the upcoming Hurricane Florence. Gov. Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency and requested federal resources ahead of the Category 4 storm, including generators, food, water, shelter supplies and multiple means of evacuation and medical assistance.  The Town of Chapel Hill said they are preparing vehicles and keeping an eye on areas that are prone to flooding. Orange County also has a list of available resources during severe weather.


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Updated: UNC releases arrest information from Saturday's Silent Sam rally

“Until the school moves Silent Sam and the pedestal off campus, this is going to keep happening."  Another clash between two groups of demonstrators and police erupted on Saturday, adding to the mounting number of arrests over the fallen statue. Students, Confederate demonstrators and police struggled to have their voices heard as the protest escalated. From flags to food, each side fought for their beliefs. Certainly the Silent Sam issue is no more resolved than when the statue came down before LDOC 2018, but no matter what side you're on, everyone has a right to be safe. 


On Aug. 30, pro-Silent Sam demonstrators brought flowers and waved Confederate flags as part of a twilight service to commemorate the toppled statue. Directly beside this, those against the fallen monument held a dance party to celebrate. As twilight service goers left UNC's campus, police used a pepper fogger to disperse the crowd. 

Number of protesters arrested at Silent Sam since Aug. 20 rises to 17

Many in the Chapel Hill community feared Thursday night’s Silent Sam demonstration would turn to violence following Chancellor Carol Folt’s statement urging students to stay away from McCorkle Place. While the demonstration began peacefully, the night finished with three arrests, making a total of 17 Silent Sam-related arrests in less than two weeks, said UNC Media Relations manager Carly Miller in a statement.