The Chapel Hill Town Council will revisit the Yates Motor raid tonight when an advisory group formally tells the council it does not want to help set up a website to collect public comments about the Nov. 13 incident.
The council had proposed the website as a way to solicit anonymous witness testimony. It rejected the Community Policing Advisory Committee's request for an outside investigator, which the committee said would help it establish a factual timeline of events on which to base policy recommendations, its official charge.
The committee rejected the website 8-1 two weeks ago, saying there would be no way to verify the website comment's accuracy. (See our story here.) Instead it asked to work closely with a consultant the town has already hired to review the police response to the Yates Motor building occupation and suggest areas where policies can be strengthened.
Eight people were charged with misdemeanors after a group of self-described "anti-capitalist occupiers" entered the long vacant building and announced plans to turn it into a community center.
Tonight's meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill Town Hall.
For recent opinion columns on the Yates Motor incident see:
"Police panel lacks any true oversight" By Geoff Gilson, CHN Feb. 26 (Click here.)
"An argument for commnity rights" by Barbara Trent, CHN Feb. 26 (Click here.)