UNC student says he was racially profiled by police

December 18, 2011 8:34:00 PM PST
A student at UNC Chapel Hill says he learned a real-life lesson that he didn't sign up for after he was pulled over by police for something he definitely did not do.

"It was one of those moments where I paused and was like 'did this just happen to me,'" said Cameron Horne.

Saturday night is a night Horne doesn't think he'll ever forget and not for all the right reasons.

"I noticed blue lights," said Horne. "They pulled behind me and an officer didn't approach me he just told me to put my hands outside the window."

Then, what happened next, Cameron says was humiliating.

"I was made to back up very slowly. I was backing up, backing up, backing up. And once I got to a certain point, I was told to get down on my knees," said Horne.

Cameron says he's no criminal. He's into studying. In fact, the 20-year-old is geography major.

He feels when police were looking for their murder suspect, they were clearly looking for the wrong guy. Especially, because police were looking for Mario Ramsey, who was thought to be in a gold car, not Cameron in his Carolina blue car.

It wasn't just the pull over that got the Chapel Hill student angry. It's what he says officers gave him for an explanation: "I'm sorry. You know how it goes."

Horne says he was profiled because the color of his skin.

"I feel it was racial profiling because of the fact I was told what they were looking for and I didn't fit that description," said Horne.

ABC11 reached out to the Chapel Hill Police Department for comment. They declined saying it was a personnel issue.

Friday evening, police announced they arrested Ramsey in connection with the shooting and murder.

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