- Associated Press - Sunday, February 19, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A group of homeowners is raising money for a man who was arrested in their neighborhood after someone called police on him.

The Waldo Tower Homes Association is helping Brandon Robins, 27, who was arrested last week in Kansas City on a warrant for a minor traffic offense, the Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/2lkv0v7 ).

The association’s president Angie Lile said a neighbor followed Robins in her vehicle and took his picture as he walked through the neighborhood to pick up his son and stepdaughter from Hartman Elementary School.

The neighbor posted the photo online and said she thought Robins looked suspicious before calling police. Lile said she thinks the neighbor crossed the line.

“He has been very understanding,” Lile said of Robins. “I don’t think raising donations for him and getting him gift cards is too much trouble for us at all. That’s the least we can do to make him feel welcome in the neighborhood.”

Robins spent about three hours in jail Tuesday before being released.

Robins said Saturday he is trying to use the incident to raise awareness about discrimination. He is black and the woman who followed is white although Robins said he doesn’t think racism was a factor in the incident.

“I think it was more of a prejudice,” he said.

The neighborhood group raised about $300 for Robins in the first few days after his arrest.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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