The Chapel Hill Police Department's raid on a former downtown car dealership taken over by squatters in November was "appropriate" and in the community's best interests, according to a report released Saturday by Town Manager Roger Stancil.Read the full article
The long-awaited internal review says the goal of the raid was to remove a group that had illegally entered the former Yates Motor Co. building at 419 W. Franklin St. without injury to anyone.
Police made two unsuccessful attempts to talk with people at the building, the report says. The building was unsafe for human occupancy, and the squatters indicated they intended to stay in it indefinitely, Stancil said in the report.
"The actions of the on-scene police commanders on November 13 were the best decisions that could be made given the information available at the time," he wrote.
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