A Black Realtor Was Showing A Home To A Black Man & His 15-Year-Old Son When They Were All Detained By Police


A Black realtor was showing a house to a Black man and

his 15-year-old son in a Michigan suburb when they

became surrounded by police officers with their guns



It’s hard for Roy Thorne, the father in the situation, to

believe that the actions of those officers were not racially

motivated. “I knew once they surrounded the home they

were preparing for a standoff,” the father, Roy Thorne,

told CNN’s Don Lemon. “And so my instincts told me we

need to get out of here, we need to get to where they can

see that we’re not a threat.”


Apparently a neighbor called authorities, saying a suspect

arrested at the property a week prior had returned to the

scene, according to the Wyoming, Michigan, Department

of Public Safety. But the caller mistakenly identified

realtor Eric Brown, who was giving Thorne and his 15-

year-old son Samuel a tour of the home in the

community, for the suspect.

Police ordered the realtor and the father and son out of the home with their hands up and then handcuffed the trio, placing Thorne and his son in the back seats of separate patrol vehicles, as seen in footage released by Wyoming police.

All three were eventually released without incident.


“I was worried,” Thorne said, “but I was just more

concerned about getting my son out of that situation and

getting us all out of there.”


When asked if he felt they had been racially profiled,

Brown said, “In that moment, it certainly felt that way.”

Brown said he found it difficult to justify the level of force

used, describing it as a “tactical” response.


The Wyoming Department of Public Safety released a

statement last week saying it had conducted an internal

review and concluded “race played no role in our officers’

treatment of the individuals, and our officers responded



“While it is unfortunate that innocent individuals were

placed in handcuffs, our officers responded reasonably

and according to department policy based on the

information available to them at the time,” the statement



The incident still left a negative impact on 15-year-old

Samuel, who told Don Lemon he felt “confusion and

shock and fear … because I had no idea why they were all

down there at that time.”


“It went from, ‘Dad, there’s cops outside,’ to ‘come

outside with your hands up,’” Samuel said. “That was

kind of like, just from zero to 100.”

Two officers unholstered their firearms during the

incident, as mentioned in the statement from Wyoming

police — one who was moving around the property’s

perimeter of the house and one who was giving cover

near the front.

“When responding to a reported home invasion in

progress with multiple individuals inside a home, this is

standard protocol,” Wyoming police said in their



Police Chief Kimberly Koster has reached out to meet

with the three of them to talk about the incident,

Wyoming police said.

Brown, who had to explain to police that he was a realtor

as a life-saving measure, told CNN a time has not been

decided, but they want to have that conversation with the

chief and with their own counsel present, adding he feels

it’s “critical” that Samuel is there, too.


“Clearly,” Brown said, “we want some reform and some

change here.”

Thorne also had a message for the neighbor who called



“We’re just like you. We occupy the same space. We do

the same things. We go to the same places,” Thornes said.

“And if you see a crime, report a crime. But if you see

people — Black people, any minority — don’t report

people doing normal things,” Thorne said. “You do that,

you don’t realize that you can change their life or have

their life taken, just you making a phone call. In this

instance, it could have been three. You could’ve changed

my life, changed my son’s life.” While America tries to

elude its racial divide scenarios such as this keep us in



Source: Tyshawn Smith


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