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Black man claims police beat him after hostage situation at Cary bank

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CARY, N.C. (AP) - Officials in Cary have asked the Wake County District Attorney's office and the State Bureau of Investigation to look into a complaint that one of the hostages in a bank standoff was beaten, cursed and handcuffed by police as he emerged from the building after the siege ended.

A letter sent to the town attorney and first reported by WRAL-TV in Raleigh Friday alleges that former hostage Lee Everett was jumped by several officers..

Police say Devon Mitchell held seven hostages at the Wachovia branch before he was shot and killed as he appeared to hold a gun to the head of a hostage. It was later determined that Mitchell was unarmed. Like Mitchell, Everett is black.

Everett's attorney Alan McSurely writes that his client "was treated differently and with unnecessary roughness and violence than the white hostages who were released or remained in the bank" afterward.

Cary spokeswoman Susan Moran said town officials want to be sure they know exactly what happened.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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