Bank Hostage Sues Cary Police Over Treatment

One of the hostages who survived a standoff at a Cary bank is suing the town's police department, saying they mistreated him after he was released by the would-be robber.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Lee Everett sued last month, claiming he was victimized because he is black.

The 52-year-old Everett was one of the people in a Wachovia Bank branch in Cary last year when 19-year-old Devon Mitchell entered the building and claimed to have a gun.

Mitchell was shot and killed by police, who later discovered he was unarmed.

Everett says after he was released by Mitchell, he was thrown to the ground, handcuffed and dragged across a field by police.

Cary officials say the lawsuit is without merit.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Caucasian Citizen Location: NC on Jan 18, 2012 at 06:32 AM
    I don't agree with the "because I'm black" argument but I do agree with his issue of being handcuffed and dragged away. He didn't do anything wrong, period. No I wasn't there but neither were you. The mob mentality most likely kicked in. Like the deputy in our county, who by the way is now in prison, who told our school officials that if a Columbine type situation happens they better keep the kids in the class because if any student comes out of a class for any reason, they will be shot dead, no questions asked. Couldn't help but think of my 6 year old at the time.
  • by why on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM
    Why are so many of you so quick to assume that he is Just playing a race card? Have you ever been thrown to the the ground handcuffed and dragged across a field at 50 something years old? Black or white anyone would feel thier rights were violated, and why because some idiot decided that he wanted free money. Yes get a handle on the situation, but you're still dealing with human-beings whom deserve to be treated as such. Oh that's right when you're the helpless victim of q crime you don't have any rights. Think about it and all you whom are calling this man anything but a man should look in the mirror and make sure you're not talking about the person you're looking at rather than the man in this story.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 05:55 AM in reply to why
      the statement "....claiming he was victimized because he is black..." just might have something to do with it.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
    Oh, boo-hoo. Cry me a river. If something offends you, whip out that old tried-and-true race card, it works every time. To this man, I say: Google search the lyrics to a song by The Eagles, entitled "Get Over It". READ THEM.
  • by REally on Jan 17, 2012 at 01:33 PM
    This dude is off his rocker. What a low blow. The police have no REAL way to tell if he was in on the robbery or not. That is why you are treated as a risk until they gain control on the situation. Has this feller never seen a cop show? I agree he's looking for a quick easy dollar. What a low blow.
  • by chill Location: enc on Jan 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    He could have been hurt just by dragging him .
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      by REally on Jan 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to chill
      DUH...he could have been killed by the robber. No one knew he didn't have a gun until it was ALL OVER. DA
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    people, the police must err on the side of caution. The robber was black, how do they know he wasn't working with the robber ? If the hostage was white, I believe the police should have done the same thing... cuff the guy until they have a handle on the whole situation.
  • by Anon on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    he thinks he was victimized because he was black? haha people these days...
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      by REally on Jan 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM in reply to Anon
      Now that answers a lot of my questions. Easy money when you are a person of color.
  • by Too G Location: WOW!!! on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:22 AM
    G, you have no idea of what went on in Cary!I would say the most important thing is getting the robber and keeping the workers and customers safe. The police must of had some reason that they thought they needed to cuff this guy. Stop thinking everything is racial and grow up.
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      by Sadly True on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:44 AM in reply to Too G
      If you don't make it racial you can't get any free money from the Guv'ment.
  • by Why? Location: BC on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:13 AM
    I guess the hostage did not have a sign on his shirt when he came out of the bank saying "I am not the bank robber". He should sue the bank robber for placing him in such a position, not the police. Did Mr Everett ever consider the fact that the bank robber could just as easily came out and said he was a hostage.
  • by G on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:07 AM
    I'm going to say this guy has a valid case. The police don't have the right to abuse innocent citizens just because there is a bank robbery going on. In fact, it seems their whole goal in bank robberies to to ensure the safety of the banks money, rather than the safety of the general population.
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      by Back on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:20 AM in reply to G
      Now wouldn't that be just great if the supposed hostage turned out to be a robber? "ok sir you are free to go". The police were being cautious. You have a brain; use it. The hostage should be shipped out of the country just for being a sorry piece of human trash.
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      by Carl Kolchack on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:24 AM in reply to G
      Even innocent citizens MUST comply with orders given by police officers in situations such as this. My guess would be he refused...and I'd wager he's exaggerating just a bit as well...
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        by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM in reply to Carl Kolchack
        he's looking for a free check, just as the bank robber was. In my opinion both of these guys are just as bad as the other.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:50 AM in reply to G
      Well the police are bought and paid for, so this really shouldn't be surprising. They should really change their slogan from protect and serve to protect and serve corporate interest.
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        by me on Jan 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM in reply to
        You sir are a idiot.
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