Town of Tonawanda Police Accused of Racial Profiling

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM EDT

Town of Tonawanda. N.Y. (WKBW) Robert Harris, Sr. says he was questioned by police because he was seen leaving a bank and running to catch a bus.

The incident happened just after 9am Saturday morning when Harris says he cashed a check at the M&T bank branch near Delaware Avenue & Sheridan Drive.

Harris, who is the president of an organization called "Youth Prison Prevention Project," says he ran to catch the #35 metro bus so he would not have to wait for the next one.

The 51-year old African American says police then stopped the bus and confronted him and asking for identification.

"What really disturbed me is at the same time, they stopped another man who was trying to catch the Delaware bus who was just standing at the bus stop - and he was black," said Harris.

Town of Tonawanda Police say the police actions were "not random" because credible information had come in that a crime was going to be committed in the area that morning.

Extra officers were on duty patrolling the area when the incident with Robert Harris occurred.

"When Mr. Harris and his companion entered the picture, a number of those details began to coincide," added Lt. Nick Bado from Town of Tonawanda police.

Both men were allowed to proceed after answering police questions.

The investigation about the pending crime is still on-going at this time.

Robert Harris, Sr. says he does not plan to file any formal complaints but wants to organize a public forum with police, community members, and civil rights advocates to make sure this does not happen again.