UNC Police have issued a statement clarifying the role of campus police around the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam after protesters discovered an undercover officer had been monitoring them.
Protesters confronted the officer, who they say posed as a mechanic who shared their views about Silent Sam, in a videotaped conversation that was shared on social media.
In the statement, UNC’s chief of police and associate vice chancellor for campus safety and risk management say that while the use of undercover officers at UNC is rare, it is ” standard policing practice” on other campuses.
“The recent use of an undercover officer on our campus was limited in both time and scope and was necessary because of extraordinary circumstances that included the very real potential for a violent outbreak at any time,” the statement reads. “Our 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.…