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Chapel Hill mayor apologizes in what NAACP calls racial profiling case

Posted October 12, 2009

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— Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy apologized on behalf of the entire town council on Monday after a black business owner was wrongfully taken into custody, according to city spokeswoman Catherine Lazorko.

The NAACP has requested a review of the Chapel Hill police department's detainment of Charles Brown who was picked up while walking home from work. Officers later found they had picked up the wrong person.

Chapel Hill police investigated the incident and determined the officers did nothing wrong. Police Chief Brian Curran has also apologized for the incident.

The town council is developing a process to handle inquiries such as those from the NAACP.

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  • NCAries Oct 15, 2009

    Why dont you go apologize to the Duke Players since they were not guilty and were wrongly accused.
    fakename

    Maybe not of rape...but they did some other patently racist stuff that night that makes them far from innocent.

  • NCAries Oct 15, 2009

    White people have enough of our own problems. We are not the reason black communities and individuals are failing themselves.
    wrx44

    Not entirely....there is self sufficiency and responsibility for self...but institutionally...they've had some help with failing...especially since they don't make the rules that keep them from joining in the American dream.

  • NCAries Oct 15, 2009

    Stop blaming everyone in the world, whites mostly, for whatever your life has given or taken away from you.

    You will be surprised at how far you can go.
    donnied1952

    This is coming from someone who probably has never had life legislated from under them. Every institution in this country has a racist history all of a sudden you think every black person should forget it and trust that everything will work out. The laws are still on the books, selective history is still taught in schools, indoctrination still happens in the homes and on television...racism is still alive...trust was not broken over night and can't be rebuilt especially if white americans don't take responsibility for their ancestors abuse and exploitation of all other races in every manner they could think of everywhere in the U.S.

  • NCAries Oct 15, 2009

    If he were White you wouldn't even be reading about this.
    thinkbee

    It probably would never have happened since y'all seem to be able to tell each other apart...we're the ones you say all look alike.

  • CSMs Alter Ego Oct 13, 2009

    "I am going to assume you did not read the story, he never covered his face and by matching the physical description. The detained individual is 11 years older 4 inches shorter and his weight is 25 pounds less than the person they were looking for and there completions are completely different."

    How can you say he never covered his face? It wasn't in the story, but the report hasn't been shown to the media. Look at the pictures of the two, there's an obvious resemblence.

    No the officer wasn't suspended, he didn't do anything wrong.

  • gandalla Oct 13, 2009

    So... Does NAACP do the same for a white person wrongly arrested?
    TheAdmiral

    No but the ACLU will.

  • TheAdmiral Oct 13, 2009

    So... Does NAACP do the same for a white person wrongly arrested?

  • gandalla Oct 13, 2009

    can anyone tell me if the arresting officer is still working or has he been suspended with pay?
    And why is the CHPD investigating this loss, they should let the real police the SBI investigate this matter or maybe even the FBI as it appears civil rights may have been violated.

  • mrduright Oct 13, 2009

    @-carolinaalabamadog
    Stop reading the kkk pamphlets "most slaves " were not already slaves prior to coming to North America. The ONLY facts to base that comments on is that some tribes in Africa took captives’ much like the native Americans here. But to let you off the hook with that comment I will not.

  • mrduright Oct 13, 2009

    @ wolff

    I am going to assume you did not read the story, he never covered his face and by matching the physical description. The detained individual is 11 years older 4 inches shorter and his weight is 25 pounds less than the person they were looking for and there completions are completely different.

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