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Statement on Demonstrations in Hillsborough

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019

Demonstrators in Hillsborough today (Aug. 24) had no permit, and the Hillsborough Police Department had no advance notice about the event.

“I am grateful and applaud the citizens of Hillsborough for turning out,” Mayor Tom Stevens said, “for standing by each other, and for standing together to demonstrate to the world that the toxic, KKK, neo-confederate, white-supremacist message has no place in our community. None.”

Members of the Ku Klux Klan demonstrated on the sidewalk outside the Orange County Justice Facility on East Margaret Lane, and counter-demonstrators then gathered. Both groups began dispersing at about 6:30 p.m. Hillsborough is the seat of Orange County and the location of the Orange County Courthouse and the Orange County Historical Courthouse.

Over the past few months, small groups of two to five people have been coming to Hillsborough from time to time and holding Confederate flags on public sidewalks. The Hillsborough Police Department manages these demonstrations on a case-by-case basis. Today, officers worked with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to monitor and manage the demonstrations.

For information on recent demonstrations and the police response, please see: