Last week, police surrounded a house in a Michigan suburb with their guns drawn. A black realtor was showing the home to a black male and his 15 year-old son.
“I knew once they surrounded the home, they were preparing for a standoff. And so my instincts told me we need to get out of there. We need to get to where they can see we are not a threat,” the father, Roy Thorne said.
A neighbor had contacted police stating that an offender from a week prior had arrived back at that house.
The realtor, Eric Brown, had scheduled the tour the day before.
Officers handcuffed and placed all three in different squad cars. They were all released a little while later.
Thorne said he feels as if race might have played a role. The department has denied that race was a factor.