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Three arrested in Silent Sam protest

UNC-Chapel Hill police and Orange County sheriff's deputies protect "Silent Sam" on the campus in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tuesday, August 22, 2017. About 400 protesters surrounded the controversial statue for several hours as the students shouted "Tear it down!"
UNC-Chapel Hill police and Orange County sheriff's deputies protect "Silent Sam" on the campus in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tuesday, August 22, 2017. About 400 protesters surrounded the controversial statue for several hours as the students shouted "Tear it down!" cliddy@newsobserver.com

Three people were arrested Tuesday in connection to protests over the Silent Sam statue at UNC.

Campus police at UNC arrested two individuals who were not affiliated with the university during Tuesday’s protest over the Silent Sam Confederate statue.

Kenny Grabarczyk of Graham, 32, was arrested on a charge of possession of a weapon (knife) on university property. He was released on a $1,500 unsecured bond, and his first appearance at the Orange County Courthouse is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2017.

Gregory Southall Williams of Durham, 27, was arrested on a charge of wearing a mask and disguise in public and also “resisting, obstructing and delaying arrest.” He was released on a written promise to appear, and his court date is scheduled for Oct. 24, 2017.

Chapel Hill police arrested Claude Wilson, 19, a UNC student, according to Ran Northam of the Chapel Hill Police Department. Wilson was arrested in the 100 block of East Franklin Street, according to a police report. Wilson was charged with resisting arrest and was released.

UNC’s news bureau released a statement late Tuesday stating that campus police had “arrested two individuals who were not affiliated with the University.” The vast majority of students followed the ground rules for free and open debate, the statement read.

Students gathered around the statue Tuesday evening to encourage the university to remove it because of its ties to Jim Crow laws and white supremacy.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1

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