When Houston police spotted Landry Thompson (pictured left), a 13-year-old Tulsa, Okla., dancer in the company of two Black men, Josiah Kelly (pictured right), 22, her dance partner, and Emmanuel Hurd (pictured center), 29, instructor, at a convenience store at 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, they reportedly assumed she was in danger, so they handcuffed the crew and sent Thompson to child services.

Thompson, Hurd, and Kelly were traveling from Tulsa to Houston to work with hip-hop artists at a dance academy and to perform in a video. After reportedly rehearsing all day, they decided to stop at a convenience store to get gas. When Houston police officers saw Thompson in the company of two Black men in the wee hours of Sunday morning, they reportedly jumped to conclusions and refused to listen to the trio’s explanations.

Consequently, all three victims were reportedly dragged out of their vehicle and placed in handcuffs against the patrol car. “They were convinced I was a runaway,” Thompson told KHOU.

Thompson ended up being separated from the men and placed in the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS), while the men were held and questioned.

Hurd and Kelly were eventually released but reportedly waited six hours in their car for Thompson to be released outside of a CPS facility.

Now the Houston police department is being called on the carpet for the way they handled the situation and are responding to the allegations against them, according to KHOU.

The officers contacted Thompson’s mother, Destiny, who was reportedly taken aback by their alleged accusatory tone. The now-miffed Mom recalled the conversation she had with one of the arresting officers telling KHOU,“’Are you aware your daughter is with two Black men?’ When I said, Yes, I’m aware of that, he called into questioning [my] parenting,” the Mother said.

According to Destiny, Thompson travels all the time for dance performances, and she willingly placed Hurd in charge of her daughter. Destiny even provided Hurd with official documents, such as her daughter’s original birth certificate, insurance card, and a signed letter of consent from both she and her husband just in case there was some question or unforseen situation that would require such documentation to be produced.

Despite the fact that Destiny and her husband faxed copies of their driver’s licenses to authorities, spoke to them at length about their daughter being in trusted hands, and even had the Oklahoma police speak to them as well, the Houston police reportedly still did not believe the parents, Hurd, or Kelly.

According to an issued statement by the Houston police department regarding the case — given the age discrepancies…and that fact that the child had no relatives in the area — officers used an abundance of caution to ensure her safety and sent her to CPS.

Still, the Thompson family, Hurd, and Kelly are all convinced that their incident with the Houston police department is a clear-cut case of racial profiling.

Thompson, Hurd, and Kelly do understand why they were questioned by the officers but cannot fathom, why they were not released after providing to the officers all of their official documents.

According to KHOU, both Hurd and Kelly are considering legal action against the police department.

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5 thoughts on “Police Deny Accusations Of Racial Profiling With White Teen, Black Dancers

  1. ms1978 on said:

    Let’s see…the dance instructor provided guardianship documentation, the police spoke with the parents, received copies of their drivers license and spoke with the Oklahoma police, and STILL they sent the child to CPS. If this ish ain’t racial profiling, then I don’t know what else you can call it! HPD, you are an embarrassment! What’s really a shame is if that had been a 13 year old Black Girl with her two White male dance instructor/partner, that would not have happened! Black girls go missing every day, and if it wasn’t for BlackAmericaWeb.com, we wouldn’t know anything about it! It sure as hell, doesn’t make national news!

  2. Uncle G on said:

    Bad things happen to us Black pleople in America because we trust white folks too much. I treat them like they treat us—-they are hatemongering racists until they prove otherwise. Because we are “Ghetto, dangerous, robbing, thieving suspects until we prove otherwise as far as they are concerned.

    • beejcee on said:

      You are exactly right! Those young men should have known better than taking that young white girl with them anywhere, especiallyout of state. They are old enough to know what could/did happen would happen. Would the police have reacted the same way if the young girl had been black and the young men white? I don’t know, but this I do know, my 13 year old daughter is NOT going on an out of state overnight stay with any two men except her father and brother!

      • Wildflower on said:

        If that young girl was black with two black men the police wouldn’t have looked at them twice. It’s also sad that you would say those young men should have known better. They do know better. They know they are no different than anyone else. If anyone should know better it the law. So are black people suppose to just accept this ignorance and live in fear? These kids weren’t just “hanging out”. They are following dreams and no one should stand in their way. As far as your 13 yr old daughter, raise her right and you won’t have to be so over bearing. There are good people in this world that are trust worthy.

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