An anonymous tipster called police on an African-American employee at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who was walking to his job Friday morning, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports.
Police received the tip shortly before 8 a.m. Friday, in which the caller described a “very agitated” black man carrying a large duffel bag.
Reg Andrade, a 14-year employee who works as a case manager in the university’s disability services office, was returning from a restroom break when he was approached by two plainclothes officers because the employee’s appearance and clothing matched the caller’s description.
While police investigated the call, they had the Whitmore Administration Building locked to people entering and exiting for 45 minutes.
Andrade, who claims he had previously been racially profiled on campus, was disturbed by what happened, saying he believes it to be yet another case of racial profiling.
“How can somebody just walk by me, not even speaking, and try to discern that I was agitated?” Andrade told the Daily Hampshire Gazette. “Each time it gets deeper and deeper and more intense. And psychologically, emotionally and physically, it’s just draining.”