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Police pepper spray black teen for ‘breaking into the home’ of his white parents

By Mason White 2:05 PM October 10, 2014
Stacy Tyler and son DeShawn Currie 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A couple in North Carolina, are angry after police pepper sprayed their son in their own home.

Ricky and Stacy Tyler have opened their home to their foster son, 18-year-old DeShawn Currie.

He has been living with the couple and their three children for almost a year, when the police officers pepper sprayed him.

The black teenager was sprayed at the home of his adoptive parents, who are both white, after they thought he was a thief.

The incident occurred Monday afternoon on England Avenue in Fuquay-Varina, after DeShawn came home from school.

The family moved to Fuquay-Varina three months ago, and have not yet become acquainted with all their neighbors.

A neighbor who saw Currie enter the house, called 911 to report a robbery. Three police officers responded quickly to the scene and confronted Currie inside his home.

Currie tried to explain that he lived at the home, but officers pointed to the photos on the wall showing the family’s three white children.

An argument broke out and one of the police officers sprayed mace in his face and eyes.

When Stacy Tyler came home, she found her son being treated by EMS in her driveway. She informed the three officer that Currie was her foster child.

Fuquay-Varina Police said that officers responded to a report of suspicious criminal activity at the residence. The officers claim that Currie became belligerent and did not follow their instructions to place his hands on the door, and therefore he was sprayed with the tear gas.