Racial Tensions Arise in Lower Merion Township

Montgomery County, Pa.(WTXF) Racial tensions are rising in one Montgomery County town.The community is now demanding answers after a recent run-in with police.

Some Lower Merion Township residents are afraid their township police are targeting them because they're black. And tonight those residents made their voice heard.

When the Ardmore TD Bank was robbed last week Lower Merion police thought they had their man.
It turns out they got 58-year-old Nathaniel Williams instead.

"I didn't to the robbery. I just happened to fit the description,” Williams explained.

Williams, who wears a pacemaker, was on his way to the doctor when he was detained on Lancaster Avenue.  According to Williams, he was put on the ground and handcuffed by Lower Merion police before being let go.

Now, one-by-one community members confronted township officials-- asking for answers as to why African Americans are treated differently.

Police say Williams matched the description of the suspect.  On Wednesday, in a packed room the police superintendent spoke little about the case saying it's still under investigation.

It comes after the January incident where two teenagers were stopped by Lower Merion officers in a wealthy neighborhood while going door-to-door shoveling snow. Residents fear when it comes to police protection-it's all about race.

Police say they are still investigating the latest robbery
 

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