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Soldier profiled by New York police wants to help their racial sensitivity training

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After being allegedly profiled by police in Evan Mills near New York’s Fort Drum Army base, soldier D’Lawrence A. Williams said he wants to help the police who forced him to the ground at gunpoint with their training to avoid it happening again.

According to the Watertown Daily Times, Williams and his friend, who are both black, were instructed to lay on the ground as police pointed guns at them because they reportedly matched the description of the suspects they were seeking from a call about a large fight where people had firearms.

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Around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 19, police from multiple departments (including U.S. Customs and Border Patrol) responded to a call about the fight at Fort Drum. Upon arrival, officers ordered Williams and his friend to the ground in an incident caught on video.

They later handcuffed and questioned the two men before releasing them without charges. Police claimed after the incident that they found no shell cases or evidence of wrongdoing, and that Williams and his friend matched the description of suspects who were wearing a hoodies resembling those the two men were wearing.

Speaking with the Watertown Daily Times, Williams said that although the officers profiled him and “treated [him] like a criminal.”

“There’s always the bad apple somewhere,” Williams said. “I felt like we got the bad apple that night.”

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He also said that he wants to speak with the people responsible for training from the departments who responded to the call.

You can watch video of the confrontation below, via the Watertown Daily Times.

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