Black Teen With White Parents Mistaken For Burglar, Assaulted By Cops In His Own Home

‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ Police pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.

A North Carolina teen was recently assaulted and pepper sprayed by police in his own home, after he was mistaken for a burglar.  18-year-old DeShawn Currie has been living with foster parents Ricky and Stacy Tyler in Wake County, North Carolina for about a year.

The Tylers love DeShawn as their own son and they have taken him into their home, in hopes to provide him the safe and loving environment that he needs to thrive in the most important years of his life.

Unfortunately, some of the Tyler’s neighbors were not familiar with the family dynamics of the home, and decided to call the police to report a burglary when they saw the young man entering his home after school one day.  DeShawn did not climb through a window or struggle to get inside, but simply walked through the unlocked door of the home.  The only thing that actually made his neighbors suspicious, was the color of his skin.

When police arrived on the scene they treated DeShawn like a criminal without asking any questions.

“They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?” DeShawn said in an interview.

When DeShawn asked the officers why they were in his home, they pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.

“I’m feeling comfortable, I had moved into my room, and I’m feeling like I’m loved. 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,” DeShawn later told reporters.

During the entire altercation, police were shouting profanity at the young man, and pointing multiple guns at his face.  When DeShawn stood firm and insisted that he was in fact in his own home, police attacked him with pepper spray.

When Stacy Tyler came home from work she saw her son DeShawn in the driveway being treated by paramedics for the injuries that police had inflicted.

“My 5-year-old last night, she looked at me and said, ‘Mama I don’t understand why they hated our brother, and they had to come in and hurt him,” Stay Tyler told reporters.

“Everything that we’ve worked so hard for in the past years was stripped away yesterday in just a matter of moments,” father Ricky Tyler added.

The police department has defended their actions, saying that that DeShawn did not obey the officer’s orders to the letter, despite the fact that they were intruders in his home and had no right to be there barking orders at him.


Officer: ‘Put your hands on your head. Right here. Come on back.’

Barbour: ‘What is wrong? My kids!’

Officer: ‘How old are they?’

Barbour: ‘They’re six and eight and ten, nine. What are we doing?’

Officer: ‘Hold on a second, okay?’

Barbour: ‘What is going on? Oh my God, you will terrify my children.’

Officer: ‘We got a complaint of a vehicle matching your description and your license plate, waving a gun out the window.’ (Description: Tan Vehicle - Barbour’s vehichle color: Burgundy)

Officer 1: ‘Do they look young to you?’

Officer 2: ‘They do to me.’

Officer 1: ‘Huh?’

Officer 2: ‘They do to me.’

Officer 1: ‘Yep, they’re young.’

Officer 1: [To other officers] ‘Gun down, gun down, gun down.’

Officer 1: [As the child exits the vehicle] ‘Come on back here, son. Come on back here, you’re alright.’

Officer: ‘Y’all okay?’

Child: ‘I’m scared.’

Officer: ‘It’s okay.’

Child: ‘Are we going to jail?’

Officer: ‘No. No one is going to jail.’

Child: [Scream, crying]

Officer: ‘Hey, stop crying. It’s okay. It’s okay. Everything’s fine now.

No officer, everything is NOT fine now. You and your partners should be fired.

Has a clerk refused to show you something because you looked "iffy"?

So, ya’ll have read about Oprah and the salesclerk at some chi-chi Swiss handbag boutique, right? Ms. Winfrey wanted to see a purse that retailed for just under $40,000. The clerk repeatedly told her it was very expensive and wouldn’t show it to her. 

Have any of you had a similar thing happen, where you were mistaken for being a shoplifter or just too poor to buy the item in question?

I have, on a much smaller scale. My mother and I were at a department store looking at lipsticks a while back. She wanted to get a new shade. Nothing too fantabulous. Just something summery, for about $20. The store was not busy at all. There were no other customers. The two clerks continued to chat away with each other, never bothering to ask if we needed any help.

When I finally told them we’d like to see how one shade looked on my mom, one of the women rolled her eyes and said, “Well, that’s very expensive, you know.” She didn’t take one step to come over to us.

It didn’t really occur to me right then what was going on. Thinking that there could be a possibility that this particular lipstick might be $100 (which is just too much, no matter how pretty it is), I said, “Oh, how much does it cost?”


Yes, she thought we wouldn’t have $20 between us.

I know that people are often judged on how they’re dressed. We weren’t dressed poorly. But, what if we had been? So. What? 

I told her how rude and presumptuous she was. She smiled smugly.

I also told her that I was meeting with the store’s executives in a few hours for a fashion layout I was coordinating. I would be telling them that the reason I’m selecting a competing store for the editorial spread is because of her laziness, prejudice and overall lack of customer service.

She blanched, offered to buy that $20 lipstick for my mother, but never apologized.

I said, “No, thank you. Why don’t you buy it for yourself to try to hide your true colors?”

I almost never come up with zingers when I’m in the moment. I think this one was one of my better ones, because it truly captured how I felt. Minus the swearing.




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A little black boy near Dionthesocialist just got shot in the head in cold blood. I think that makes 30 innocent black bodies dead by police or law enforces. But no. Keep saying nigga as if it's okay. Act like this isn't a problem. Remember as you are having fun with your little meme and having a good old joke about something "not so serious" remember that a young boy was killed for no fucking reason because the police thought he was a dangerous nigger. So keep on fucking laughing and pushing it off as not a big deal. It so much of a big deal for black people that we are being shot around the clock because of it. Fuck you assholes. Fuck you.

A Reference Guide to Identify The Various Breeds of Gun People


-1911 People - 

>See .45 or Die! People<

"Because they don’t make a .46" 

"Back to back world war champs."

"I’d never carry some cheap plastic gun."

More likely to be older possibly obese.

Oddly enough, most likely to misuse the term “cocked and locked”

"Feel that trigger pull MMMMMMMM" 

"If you can’t do the job with 7 rounds you don’t need a gun."

1911s can jam but THEIRS has NEVER ONCE failed in any way.

Most likely to use the term “Tack driver” 

"I fired a glock once, it literally jammed every shot then fell apart in my hands then raped my daughter."

-Glock People -

Mac people of the gun world

"They just work."

"Its not plastic its POLYMER!" 

Has a lot of passionate opinions about the arguably minor changes from one generation to another

"They never break." 

"Muh capacity" 

"Workhorse of the gun world"

"The arc is NOT ridiculously exaggerated just re-train yourself to automatically correct down it’s not that hard!"

"Its beautiful because it works"

"Well it fits MY hand just fine"

"Its not blocky!" 

"This is your safety!" >wiggles finger in your face like an asshole. 

- Kimber People -

Vegans of the gun world, will strut into any firearms conversation and proudly announce they own a Kimber Pro Raptor II and then wait silently expecting lowly peasants to applaud. 

Steers every conversation toward their Kimber

Fails to understand why not everyone can drop 1400 dollars on a handgun

Will get confused and personally offended if you don’t like Kimber

Self convinced that the outrageous price they paid is proof their gun is better. 

Most likely to be caught in a circle jerk with other Kimber owners.

- LC9/380/P  Owners -

Bought the first gun that the forum they found on google told them to. 

Wants to protect themselves but thinks guns are kind of scary, so they picked the most non-exciting gun with no sharp corners and like 12 safeties.

"Its all I need"

"My brother-in-law has one and he really liked his.." 

"Its for me and my wife to share"

"Why would I need a holster? Can’t I just put it in my purse?"

"Is the thing supposed to stay back like that?" 

"How do I get the clip out?" 

"I’d like to purchase this gun please… and a box of those really mean killing bullets for killing people in case I need to kill someone."

- Hi Point Owners -

Most likely to have neck tattoos. 

"Ey yo, where like yo cheapest guns at?" 

"So how exactly does this "background check” work?”

"EY BABEY come fill out this form for me!" 

"This bullshit I can’t believe I got denied!"

- Desert Eagle People -

Most likely to reference Call of Duty

"Can I see the Desert Eagle?"
>Are you 21?

"Most stopping power of any gun!"

Did not realize Desert Eagles were this massive in real life.

Can not wait to tell the rest of his middle school friends about the real Desert Eagle he saw.

- Revolver People -

Expresses bizarre distrust for semi-automatic handguns despite overwhelming evidence otherwise. 

Most likely elderly

Most likely to pull his own loaded .38 from his pocket for comparison then become offended when you ask to unload it first. 

Thinks NAA minis are a reasonable carry gun, does not understand why anyone would disagree. 

Assures you he can nail a tin can from 500 yards away with his Single Six despite his obviously severe palsy shake.

Will go into detail about what he paid for every gun 60 years ago. 

- M9 / 92FS People -

"Its the gun the military uses!" 

Most likely to be incorrectly wearing mismatched army surplus clothing.

"What if you get jumped by 15 people?" 

Will tell you its the gun he carried in the service but strangely fail to recall what unit he was with. 

Most likely to be open carrying KaBar on his tan MCMAP belt. 

- FNH People - 

Most likely wearing oakleys and a slightly too tight under armor shirt.

Uses the word “Tactical” at every opportunity.

Everything must be Coyote Tan

Is conviced that Chris Costa video he saw most of makes makes him an operator. 

Most likely to spend most of his range time taking cool action shots for facebook. 

Has strong opinions about 5.11 pants. 

Minimum of one Paracord Bracelet 

Will regularly scan right to left, just like that video told him.

Will run imaginary pistol drills with every gun you let him see, to demonstrate to you that he must really  know what he’s doing.

- Sig Sauer People -

>See Kimber People<

"The de-cocker is NOT a useless feature!"

Muh Quality Control 

Muh Resale Value

Thinks the high price is completely reasonable. 

"I really only needed one mag anyway."

Will justify a P220 but thinks 1911s are too heavy.

"Yes I really NEED the Scorpion finish. 

INB4 Butthurt fanboys

A Profile of the Average U.S Serial Killer

[The tables in this report are based on information from the Radford University Serial Killer Database. The purpose of the database is to gather data so that researchers and teachers will have accurate information about serial killers.

In 2012, Radford University partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University to ensure that the database is continually updated and that summary reports will be made available on an annual basis.

When citing information from this report, the following reference should be used:

Aamodt, M. G. (2013, February 20). Serial killer statistics. Retrieved (insert date of retrieval) from killer information center/projectdescription.htm

Questions about the database or the statistics in this report can be addressed to Dr. Mike Aamodt at Radford University,]


This diagram illustrates how overpolicing and profiling of low income people and of trans and gender non-conforming people intersect, producing a far higher risk than average of imprisonment, police harassment, and violence for low income trans people.

criminalization of poor and homeless people

  • Subject to profiling and harassment; excessive police presence in poor communities; increased exposure to police
  • Charged with survival crimes (sex work, drugs, theft, etc.) due to lack of access to gainful employment or education
  • Charged with "Quality of Life" crimes like sleeping outside, turnstile jumping, loitering, etc. due to lack of resources (housing, money)

criminalization of trans people

  • False arrest for using the "wrong" bathroom
  • False arrest for lack of proper documents (by INS, police, etc.)
  • Trans women are often falsely arrested for soliciting just for being transgender

Low-income trans people are exposed to arrests, police harassment, incarceration and violence far more than the average person

Trans people suffer additional gender-related harms while in custody of the criminal justice system

  • Isolated and/or subjected to increased sexual violence, harassment, and abuse at the hands of prisoners and correctional facility staff.
  • Gender-segregated arrest procedures (searches, holding cells, policies and procedures, etc.) do not accommodate trans people. Low-income trans-people are especially targeted due to lack of access to health care that would help them “pass” as non-trans people, as well as surgical procedures, and are commonly misclassified by arresting officers as “male” or “female” based on their appearance or whether they’ve had genital surgery.
  • Denied access to hormones and other trans-specific health care while incarcerated. Forced to change gendered characteristics of appearance in prison (made to cut hair, give up prosthetic, clothing). This results in mental anguish and increased exposure to harassment and violence because appearance may conform even less to gender identity.

But the real story is not how the news got it wrong—there’s been plenty of that since Monday. It’s how, mere hours later after telling a bullshit story, the news simply told a new story and expunged the previous one from its memory. Real-time accuracy isn’t always possible in journalism. But no one can call himself a journalist if he can’t acknowledge in the present what he got wrong in the past.

Gawker: Everybody Named the Wrong Boston Suspects Last Night and Promptly Forgot.


Another example of something I reblogged earlier. In recent news stories, remember how Black men were demonized, called thugs, had their parents’ criminal histories reported in the news, and people loudly proclaimed that if Black men smoked weed, they deserved what they got? When Black people have these conversations, this is what we are talking about. The media casts Black people in a more negative light, as somehow more dangerous. No matter how many examples we give, people still deny what research has shown is fact.

According to researchers, most Whites felt more fearful of crime when around African Americans or in the assumed presence of African Americans (Moeller, 1989; St. John & Herald-Moore, 1995; Oliver, 2003 X). It is not strange that African Americans are looked upon as criminals or suspected of being dangerous because that is the portrayal that they often get in the media. However, what is truly strange is that the majority of Whites who were polled felt fearful. An examiner states that it isn’t surprising that stereotypes have continued to develop, mainly because most people get their information from the media. Hence, based on the media’s portrayal of crime and the portrayal of African Americans, it only “creates and sustains” preconceived notions of African Americans (Oliver, 2003).

Scientists may soon be able to recreate your face from your DNA

It sounds like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel, but forensic scientists could soon be producing accurate reconstructions of criminals’ faces using only the DNA they leave behind. Scientists can already decode hair and eye color with reasonable accuracy using DNA, The New York Times reports, and more subtle features like skin color, freckles, and curly hair are not far behind. Facial reconstructions could be matched to a database of mug shots to point the finger at likely suspects. The nascent technique has experts worried, however, about the potential for invasions of privacy or racial profiling.



Watch: Cop wrongly pulls over black Princeton students, apologizes and gives them a gift

After pulling over four black students for driving with a “broken taillight” that wasn’t actually broken, a police officer — who is also black — did the unthinkable: he gave them free parking in front of a Princeton hotel and engaged in a productive dialogue about why his alleged “profiling” hurt them.

One of the students tells the officer, “As black students, we don’t feel like we get that level of protection. We don’t get that benefit of the doubt that … regular white students running around Princeton campus get.”

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UC Berkeley Students Arrested, Tackled for “Walking while Black” and Copwatching

We really need to get this video out there!

Add this to the list of things one cannot do while Black: LAWFULLY own a gun; have a permit; tell the police your permit is on your person, and be on your OWN property.

Watch this business owner tell you how he was arrested on his own property and had his car towed in the process… FOR NO LEGAL REASON. Charges were dropped. See the video, read the story, and Pin it on Pinterest here.