- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

North Carolina police pepper sprayed a black foster teen inside his own home Monday after neighbors reported him as a possible burglar.

DeShawn Currie, 18, who lives with his white foster parents in Fuquay-Varina, entered his home through an unlocked side door when a neighbor spotted him and called 911. Police responded and confronted Mr. Currie inside the house, Gawker reported.

“They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door,’” the teen told a local ABC affiliate. “I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?’”

Mr. Currie said he became angry when officers pointed out pictures of the foster family’s three younger children on the mantle, assuming he was not part of the family. He had been living with his new family for about a year.

“I had moved into my room, and I’m feeling like I’m loved,” Mr. Currie said. “And then [the police] come in and they just profile me and say that I’m not who I am. And that I do not stay here because there was white kids on the wall, that really made me mad.”

The teen said an argument ensued and he was pepper sprayed in the face.

Fuquay-Varina police released a statement Monday that said officers responded to a report of suspicious criminal activity at the house.

Officers said the teen became belligerent and was sprayed after he refused to follow orders.

Police explained that the area has recently experienced criminal activity.

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