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Published August 13, 2013, 05:13 PM

Fargo man calling out police department for alleged racial profiling

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo man is calling out the city's police department, arguing racial profiling played a role in his traffic stop.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo man is calling out the city's police department, arguing racial profiling played a role in his traffic stop.

The stop came moments after a nearby robbery at Taco Johns Monday night. A man reached across the counter and grabbed $40.00 out of the till. Tonight police say it wasn't race, just good police work.

For Quron White, his frustrations began in the Payless parking lot off University Drive. This is where he pulled over after police had been following him. He says he had just picked up a friend from Taco Johns, never realizing a robbery happened there around the same time.

Quron White - Questioned About Robbery: "I picked up a friend who was at the wrong place at the wrong time."

Quron White says he was shocked when he spotted a Fargo Police officer following him down University on Monday night - even more so when he pulled over and she said this...

Quron White: "The first thing she said to me was, 'Two black males robbed Taco John's,' and I said, That's BS.'"

Police say witnesses told them the man riding in White's car had just been in Taco John's talking with a different man, who then stole about $40 from the register.

Lieutenant Joel Vettel - Fargo Police: "We also had further witness statements after the fact that both our suspect and this passenger got into the vehicle minutes after the theft took place."

And the vehicle, police say, is the same car White was driving.

Quron White: "They pulled me out of the car."

White says what happened next was uncalled for.

Quron White: "The officer had his gun on me, he read me my Miranda rights. I said, 'This is racial profiling, you guys are pulling over two black guys because they're in a nice truck.'"

Lietenant Joel Vettel: "In this case, it had nothing to do with race, and everything to do with we had very specific information that lead us to make that stop and conduct that investigation."

Police say this stop and investigation are routine for theft type situations where public safety his top priority.

Lietenant Joel Vettel: "There's no indication that anything out of the ordinary was done in this case, other than the fact of good police work."

Quron White: "I've been getting calls all morning about me being posted on the news and I'm just trying to clear my name that I'm not a robbery suspect. I'm a good guy. It's not good police work to me."

Police say they're reviewing surveillance video and trying to figure out if the suspect was ever in White's vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.