A bank has apologized for contacting the police in an alleged racial profiling event near Cleveland.
The statement comes after local media reported that a Huntington Bank employee called the police a black man who tried to pay his paycheck, which resulted in the man being held captive by the police.
Bank employees called the police at McCowns, who is not a customer of the bank after the bank was unable to reach its employer to check the check, reporting the station. McCowns had provided two forms of identification and fingerprints, in accordance with banking policy, the station said.
A representative from Huntington Bank issued an issued statement to the US today on Wednesday, apologizing to McCowns for "this extremely unfortunate event."  NBC reports that McCowns was in his car and in the process of leaving the bank when he was approached by the police. He was briefly handcuffed and caught in a police car until the police were able to verify the authenticity of the McCown's employer's check, NBC said.
A 911 call mentioned by the network states that bank employees called authorities without McCown's knowledge.
The department has recently seen a rash of fraud events, Washington Post reports.
Brooklyn police chief Scott Mielke told the police that the police have made at least 10 fraud arrests in connection with the branch since July. And a spokesman for Huntington Bank told the newspaper that staff in the department were on guard for fraud.
McCowns told the Cleveland 19 News event was "very embarrassing."
The station says that McCowns believes that there was profiling involved in the bank's handling of the incident: "The person who called this phone call … I feel like they were convicted."
Huntington Bank's full apology and statement about the event reads:
"We apologize with Mr. McCowns for this extremely unfortunate event. We accept the responsibility to contact the police as well as our own interaction with Mr. McCowns. joining a Huntington department should feel welcome. Unfortunately, it did not happen in this case and we are very sorry. We are responsible for the highest ethical standards in how we operate, hire and train colleagues, and interact with those the communities we have the privilege to earn. "
By 2018, many alleged racial events have made national headlines.  The history of the Chronicle Police is called to investigate as a black person does daily activities, for example, sitting in Starbucks, babysitting children, playing golf, living on an Airbnb or napping on a sofa in a college dorm.
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