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Monday September 20th

Silent Sam Monument

Demonstrators gather at the site of Silent Sam in response to Carol Folt and the Board of Trustees' proposal to place the monument in a new $5.3 million historic center on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

Did police body cam footage factor into dismissing a student's Silent Sam-related charges?

Video footage of Silent Sam demonstrator Mark Porlides shows the Dec. 3 night of his arrest, where officers charged him with larceny, assault of a campus officer and resisting an officer. Since then, the graduate student learned that the charges against him were dismissed.  Porlides said that the incident echoes sentiments expressed by others who are raising concerns over police brutality and unnecessary roughness during public demonstrations. His experience adds to the year's ongoing conversation about policing on campus, and how the relationship between law enforcement and activism has been muddied.  

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A pro-Confederate protester shakes hands with UNC Police officer Timothy Tickle after Tickle explained to protesters the boundaries of UNC's campus on March, 16, 2019.The pro-Confederate group then left campus. Photo courtesy of Daniel Hosterman.

Confederate group brings guns to campus; no arrests made

On Saturday, a confederate group showed up to UNC's main campus near Silent Sam's former location in McCorkle Place. The group was joined by members armed with guns and knives who stood near Memorial Hall. UNC Police responded to the group's presence on campus, but made no arrest at the sight of the armed members. 

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