Bank hostage files complaint against police

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February 25, 2011 7:32:16 PM PST
A man who was held hostage inside a Cary bank says some Cary Police officers mistreated him when he was released from the bank during a police standoff with a suspect.

An attorney filed a complaint on behalf of Reverend Lee Everett, who is an employee at the Harris Teeter store near the Wachovia bank at 10050 Green Level Church Road where the hostage situation took place.

In the complaint, the attorney details the events of the day of February 10, as Everett leaves the Harris Teeter, goes to the bank and becomes a hostage inside the bank. The man who held Everett and others hostage did not have a gun, but he indicated that he did.

19-year-old Devon Mitchell let Everett go free about 45-minutes into the standoff with police, who were outside with guns drawn on the bank.

Everett claims that when he came out of the bank, he was saying, “I’m a hostage.” He says several officers then jumped on him. Everett says he was thrown to the ground, obscenities were yelled at him, and his shoulder was injured when he was put in handcuffs.

Everett says that as a black man, he was treated differently and with unnecessary roughness and violence than the white hostages who were released or remained in the bank when the situation finally ended.

In addition to the physical injuries he says he sustained, Everett’s attorney said in the complaint that Everett and his wife suffered emotional trauma.

Of the complaint, Town of Cary spokesperson Susan Moran said, "We take these complaints very seriously, which is why we have proactively referred it to the District Attorney's office and the State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations."

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