Explanation given for Silent Sam statue


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You know how you’re afraid to speed because there could be an undercover cop on the road? That’s exactly how students at UNC are feeling after it came to light that the school had used an undercover officer to monitor August protests at Silent Sam – better known as the Confederate Monument that has caused recent controversy over whether or not it should be taken down. Chancellor Folt asked Chapel Hill police to clarify the need for undercover officers, as students complained that it compromises their freedom of speech. As for the explanation, police said that the officers do not monitor the content of any protest “beyond the public safety implications nor do they create reports about students or their law-abiding activities.” We went to Silent Sam to comment on the issue at hand, but he didn’t have much to say…