Pepper spray controversy

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(WNCN) Police in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina pepper sprayed a teenager in his own home after a neighbor reported him as burglar.

18-year-old DeShawn Currie let himself in the house Monday afternoon after school. He said when he heard noises downstairs he looked out of his upstairs window, saw police cars in the driveway and went downstairs to figure out what was going on.

“I came downstairs to see what was going on, and there go the police, inside the house, guns drawn,” Currie explained.

Currie said he tried to explain that he, his foster parents Rickey and Stacy Tyler, and their three young children had moved to Fuquay-Varina over the summer, so some neighbors may not recognize him.

Then an officer pointed out pictures on the fireplace mantel, Currie said. The pictures show the Tylers’ three biological children. The Tylers are white. Currie is African-American.

“He was like how can you tell me you stay here when all the kids in the picture are white?” Currie recalled. “Right then I really started to get mad.”

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