This story is beyond comprehensible. A dance student, 13-year-old Landry Thompson, was on a training trip from Oklahoma to Texas with her dance teachers. Her mother had given one of the teachers guardianship of her during this trip via signed notarized papers. The group was at a gas station, trying to figure out where their hotel was, when they were surrounded by police. The men were pulled out of the car and told to put their hands behind their backs, and the young teen was handcuffed and placed in the back of a cop car.
Even though all three told the same story — that Emmanuel Hurd had full guardianship of the teen during this trip — the police didn’t believe them, and they placed Thompson into Child Protective Services. Her mom was originally told to fly to Houston to retrieve her daughter, but 11 hours later, she was released back into the custody of Hurd.
Oh, and the teen is a blonde-haired white girl, and both instructors are young African-American men.
This story is beyond insane. For starters, it was obviously race related, and the group was targeted because of the makeup of the ages and races in the car. And for another thing, why on earth was a child who was to be taken into protective custody put in handcuffs? Where in the police manual does it state this is a typical or accepted procedure?
The article doesn’t state whether the girl’s mother was called, but in the comments, it’s stated from another source that they did, asking why she was with two black men. Why they chose to not believe the explanation her mother gave is beyond me. They acted far too quickly and with assumptions that were incorrect, and the event was likely traumatizing for the girl, who was taken into a police car, in handcuffs, and shuffled off to protective custody where she knew no one.
The police department has refused to comment on the situation and has offered no apology to the girl, her mother, or the instructors. Ridiculous.