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Wrongfully arrested man speaks to NCCU ethics class

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Charles Belk, who was wrongfully arrested in Beverly Hills, speaks to an ethics class via Skype. Charles Belk, who was wrongfully arrested in Beverly Hills, speaks to an ethics class via Skype.
DURHAM, N.C. -

A Durham man who was arrested in Los Angeles for a crime he did not commit spoke to students at North Carolina Central University Friday about his experience.

Charles Belk, 51, made national headlines when he was arrested Aug. 22 in Beverly Hills after police said he matched the description of an accomplice in a string of armed robberies. Belk, who is a graduate of Durham's Hillside High School and now works in TV production, was detained for 6 hours before police decided they had the wrong man.

"The description that I fit, apparently, was a tall, black bald-headed male," Belk told MSNBC's Joy Reid on Wednesday. "And I'm going to be that, so it's hard to kind of get away from that description."

On Friday, Belk spoke via Skype to students in his niece's ethics class at N.C. Central University. The class had been discussing racial profiling this semester.

"I thought it was very interesting to get his feedback on how he felt about it and how everything actually went into play," said student Dawanas King. "So I thought it was very interesting."

In a statement, Beverly Hills Police said they regretted the "inconvenience," but said "based on witness accounts, and his location close to the bank, officers properly detained and arrested him."

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