Not the Blind Side –Black Foster Child Attacked By Cops In His Own Home
In 2009 movie “The Blind Side,” is a semi-biographical film about the life of Michael Oher, and offensive lineman who plays for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. Oher has an impoverished upbringing, but high prospects in college football, and was without parents and homeless when he met Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. Oher, who is Black, was adopted by the Tuohy’s, who are White. Actress Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film, and the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a leading role. The film itself received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Tim McGraw played the role of Sean Tuohy.
When I heard about DeShawn Currie of Wake County, North Carolina, (just south of Raleigh) I immediately thought of the movie, “The Blind Side,” although for DeShawn, it was not classmates that made him feel unwelcomed – it was the cops. For about a year, DeShawn has lived with his foster parents Ricky and Stacy Tyler, who are White. They moved into their new home in July.
DeShawn came home from school the other day. A neighbor profiled him as “suspicious” and called 911. When the cops arrived, DeShawn asked them why they were there? He told them that he lives there. The cops looked at photos on the wall and seeing that the photos are of White people, accused DeShawn of lying.
The police shouted profanities at him and pointed guns in his face. As DeShawn insisted that he lives in that house, the cops pepper sprayed him. The cops allege that they only peppered sprayed DeShawn after he became threatening and belligerent when they tried to put him in handcuffs.
So there we have it — you cannot be belligerent in your own home when you’re accused of not living there because of the color of your skin.
When Stacy Tyler came home, she saw her son DeShawn in the driveway being treated by paramedics for the injuries that police had inflicted.
The police department defended their actions, saying there had been some burglaries in the community and DeShawn did not obey their orders to the letter.
The Tylers have a 5-year old daughter who said to her mom, ‘Mama I don’t understand why they hated our brother, and they had to come in and hurt him.”
The best to Ricky and Stacy Tyler, and DeShawn. They are brave and loving, and showing the world that love is not based on the color of one’s skin.
The Young Turks and Good Morning America report with the the tape of the 911 call. I’m surprised that the caller did not add to the description that DeShawn was wearing a hoodie and a backpack that might contain burglary tools.
Posted on 10/10/2014, in Cops Gone Wild, Potpourri and tagged attacked, cops, DeShawn Currie, foster child, North Carolina, racial profiling, Ricky Tyler, Stacy Tyler, The Blind Side. Bookmark the permalink. 55 Comments.