A longtime employee of the University of Massachusetts Amherst said he was racially profiled when someone called the police as he was walking into a campus building on Friday morning, according to a report by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
The caller left a message on the university’s anonymous tip line about a “very agitated” Black man with a large duffel bag on a strap entering a campus building. That building was subsequently shut down for 45 minutes by police who approached Reg Andrade who they say matched the description provided by the caller, according to the Gazette report.
Police told The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, the campus student newspaper, that it wasn’t the race, but the reported demeanor of the person of interest that caused them to react quickly to the tip.
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