Black Teen in White Foster Home Attacked by Police After They Mistake Him For Burglar
A North Carolina foster family is outraged after police mistook their foster son for a burglar and pepper sprayed him in his own house.
Stacy Tyler of Fuquay-Varina tells WTVD that she left her front door unlocked for her foster son, DeShawn Currie. When neighbors saw Currie enter the house, they called the police.
Cops arrived and ordered Currie to put his hands on the door. “For what?” Currie asked. “This is my house. Why are y’all here?”
Officers said that the family photos in the house are all of a white family and Currie is black. Currie continued to argue his innocence and police ultimately pepper-sprayed him in the face.
When Tyler returned home, she found her foster son being treated by ambulance workers for the pepper spray. Police told her that Currie had become “threatening and belligerent.”
Currie says he was offended by the officer’s accusation.
“I had moved into my room, and I’m feeling like I’m loved,” Currie told WTVD. “And then when they come in and they just profile me and say that I’m not who I am. And that I do not stay here because there was white kids on the wall, that really made me mad.”
Police didn’t file any charges in the incident.