Update on Downtown Events of Saturday, August 25, 2018

Post Date:08/25/2018 2:16 PM

The following information is being disseminated by Roger L. Stancil, the Town Manager of Chapel Hill, and has been developed in conversation with UNC and with information from the Town’s Departments.

Demonstrators representing multiple viewpoints began assembling on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus at McCorkle Place at the Silent Sam site around 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.  These demonstrations continued through about 3 p.m.  The events were primarily located on the campus and resulted in seven arrests by UNC Police.

In advance of today’s activities, the Town of Chapel Hill, including Police, Fire, Emergency Management, Communications and Public Affairs, Public Works, and Transit, worked closely with campus, county, and state officials to prepare for possible events.  The community is fortunate to have these dedicated professionals collaborating across agencies with public safety as their top priority.

The Town took precautionary safety measures, including suspending parking on the 100 and 200 blocks of Franklin Street and the 100 block of Henderson Street.  Chapel Hill Transit suspended service on Cameron Avenue between S. Columbia and Hillsborough streets, due to the University’s closure of Cameron Avenue between Raleigh and Columbia Streets.  The Town’s Public Works department was on standby with equipment if needed.

Chapel Hill Police, Fire, and Emergency Management were deeply involved in joint planning for today’s possible events.  Operations included standard safety protocols and event actions, as well as a few specific actions of note:

  • Early this morning, Chapel Hill Police set up bicycle barricades at Peace and Justice Plaza as a precautionary public safety measure. There was no demonstration or other event at Peace and Justice Plaza.
  • At one point protestors briefly blocked the intersection of Franklin and Henderson Streets, temporarily interrupting the pedestrian and vehicular flow of traffic. Chapel Hill police were quickly able to resume normal pedestrian and vehicular flow.
  • In the course of today’s events, at the request of UNC Police and in accordance with mutual aid agreements, Chapel Hill Police assisted with crowd management at Graham Memorial Hall and then returned to their positions off campus.

On behalf of the Town, Police Chief Chris Blue also offered gratitude to all involved in public safety, stating, “We’d like to thank all of the Town staff and area partners who pulled together today to help ensure a safe demonstration.  Special thanks to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Emergency Services, the Carrboro Police and Fire Departments, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and other agencies for their assistance and teamwork.”

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