An investigative report says the University of North Carolina declined to put up portable barricades around a Confederate statue the night it was toppled because of concerns they would be unsightly.

WBTV obtained a draft of the investigative report . The television station reports that the campus police chief believed the concerns from Chancellor Carol Folt’s office amounted to a directive not to use the barriers. Folt said she hadn’t meant for her concerns to be perceived as an order, according to the report.

The report cites miscommunication between police and administrators, as well as insufficient staffing and training for officers as contributing factors that allowed the statue to be torn down in August 2018.

Media representatives of the university system and the Chapel Hill campus declined to make further comment.

The first and largest piece of the remnants of a Confederate statue known as
The first and largest piece of the remnants of a Confederate statue known as “Silent Sam” is lifted before being transported to the bed of a truck early Tuesday, Jan. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)
FILE-In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt speaks during University Day at Memorial Hall, in Chapel Hill, N. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, File)
FILE-In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt speaks during University Day at Memorial Hall, in Chapel Hill, N. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, File)

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