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Gboro city council member / police informant

I read with interest Eric Ginsburg’s Yes!Weekly article on police surveillance surveillance of Greensboro residents. The bulk of the article focuses on those residents active in left-leaning groups, though it does say surveillance also covered “white supremacists, gun enthusiasts, abortion activists, political bloggers and any protest activity in Greensboro.”

Blew me away that of all people City Council member Marikay Abuzuaiter –according to the article—- “has been a confidential informant for the police department, forwarding information from various e-mail lists like the Peace & Justice Network and gathering intelligence at meetings.”

Abuzuaiter “characterizes her role differently, saying she was not participating in events to collect intelligence but sometimes coordinated with police, like when she was a parade marshal for Occupy Greensboro.”

Read for yourself and decide if Abuzuaiter was tipping the cops on the activists she claims to represent or if she was just working behind the scenes to try and keep the peace. But I don’t see how this isn’t some conflict of interest with her position on the City Council.

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