Former APA President Allegedly Assaulted at Zoning Hearing

Don't let anyone tell you that planning isn't dangerous. Past APA President and current Raleigh Planning Director Mitchell Silver was allegedly punched by a resident opposed to rezoning that would allow the construction of a gas station.

"City Planning Director Mitchell Silver plans to press charges against a woman who he says punched him Tuesday at a planning commission hearing on a controversial Sheetz gas station," reports Colin Campbell. 

"City Manager Russell Allen said he learned of the incident Wednesday. He said Silver was punched in the shoulder shortly after the planning commission approved rezoning for a Sheetz gas station in Northeast Raleigh. The alleged attacker, he said, 'was not satisfied with the outcome.'”

"'I’ve encouraged him to press charges as I would with any employee,' Allen added. 'It’s never ever acceptable for someone to be assaulted in their line of duty.'”

UPDATE (8/16/13): Mitchell Silver and Lillian Thompson, the former city employee who was accused of punching him, have chosen to settle the assault charges with an apology and a small fine, reports Colin Campbell of the News & Observer.

Full Story: Raleigh planning director says he was punched at zoning hearing

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