Cops Pepper Spray Black Teen In His Own Living Room After Mistaking Him For Burglar

Here for your daily dose of blatant racism is a story of police officers in North Carolina pepper-spraying a black teenager after a neighbor mistook him for a burglar.

DeShawn Currie, who is a foster child in a white family, said he was simply returning home from school when a neighbor spotted him entering through the side door. “An intruder!” the neighbor instinctively hypothesized.

When police arrived, Currie was forced to explain a situation that never needed to be explained, as police humiliatingly pointed to family pictures asking how on earth a black teenager fit into the story.

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

Apparently unable to wrap his mind around the fact a black teenager lives with a white family, and frustrated with Currie’s defense, one of the officers then proceeded to pepper spray him in the face—right inside his very own living room.

The family is rightfully livid.

In a surprising move, however, the cops did not appear to try and “sprinkle some crack” on him.

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