Quick to reject his explanation, because how could a black child have white parents and siblings? Quick to pepper spray, because how could he not stay calm when they accused him of not living there? Quick to think that this black child was a possible burglar, because wasn’t there criminal activity in the neighborhood?
Fuquay-Varina police said when a neighbor saw DeShawn walk in; they called 911 to report a break-in. Soon, three officers were inside the house, all to DeShawns surprise.
“They was like, Put your hands on the door,” said DeShawn. “I was like, For what? This is my house. I was like, Why are yall in here?”
DeShawn said he became angry when officers pointed out the pictures of the Tylers three younger children on the mantle, assuming he didnt belong there. An argument ensued and DeShawn said one of the officers pepper-sprayed him in the face.
By the time Stacy came home, EMS were treating DeShawn in the driveway. She cleared up the confusion with the officers, but not with the rest of her family.
“My 5-year-old last night, she looked at me and said, Mama I dont understand why they hated our brother, and they had to come in and hurt him.”
“Everything that we’ve worked so hard for in the past years was stripped away yesterday in just a matter of moments,” said Ricky Tyler.DeShawn said he chose this family with a hope of security and love, but now he’s not sure if he’ll ever be able to move on.”
“I’m feeling comfortable,” explained DeShawn. “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 Im not who I am. And that I do not stay here because there was white kids on the wall, that really made me mad.”