Police pepper spray teen in his own home, mistake him for burglar

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Parents of a North Carolina teen are demanding answers after their son was pepper-sprayed in his own home by police who thought he was an intruder.

WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina reports a neighbor of Ricky and Stacy Tyler mistook their foster son 18-year-old DeShawn for a burglar and called police.

Stacy tells WTVD she left the side door unlocked on Monday so DeShawn could get in the home after he left school early.

Police say the neighbor saw the teen walk inside the home and called 911 to report a break-in.

Police responded and entered the home, surprising DeShawn.

“They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door.’ I was like, ‘For what? This is my house,’” Deshawn told WTVD.

DeShawn and the officers argued and DeShawn was pepper-sprayed in the face.

Stacy arrived home to find EMS treating her son in the driveway. She explained to authorities the situation.

Police released a statement saying officers responded to a report of suspicious criminal activity at the Tyler’s home. Officers said DeShawn became threatening and belligerent and when he would not follow the officers’ instructions, they pepper-sprayed him.
Police also point out in their statement that the neighborhood where this happened has recently experienced criminal activity.
No charges have been filed.

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