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Chapel Hill mayor apologizes in what NAACP calls racial profiling case

Posted October 12, 2009 10:16 p.m. EDT

— 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.