Neighbour Calls Cops On Black Realtor And Clients Who Were Viewing Home On Sale

Posted by in News On 20th August 2021
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A Michigan neighbor falsely reported and called the police on a black realtor who was showing his clients a house for sale. The three were falsely accused of being intruders on the property they were looking to buy.

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Roy Thorne and his 15-year-old son were excited to view homes to make a big move to a new home in what would be one of the biggest decisions of their life.

This exciting day however quickly turned sour after the two, along with their realtor were falsely accused of intruding into the home that they were viewing.

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A neighbor who saw the three enter the home called the police to report a break-in and claimed that a previous intruder had returned to complete the job. The person also falsely claimed that a suspicious black Mercedes was parked outside which was not the case.

This call resulted in five police cars appearing in response and without investigating or questioning with regard to the situation, proceeded to demand the three come outside.

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Two police officers had also drawn their guns by this point. The three immediately complied, stepped out and were handcuffed and placed into police cars.

When the real estate agent's license was verified and the situation explained, the three were released.

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All three however were shaken by this situation.

“I went from being afraid for my life to shellshocked to ‘this is not right’ to now slightly angry,” said Brown. “I felt definitely guilty of breaking into this house. And I had the keys to it.”

The police, upon reviewing the bodycam footage admitted that an error was made on their part for not checking the vehicle records against that of the previous intruder.

Commenters were also unhappy with this mistreatment.

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The officers also went over to the white neighbors who had called in and berated them for their actions. They also apologized to the three men multiple times for the error.

These apologies however were far from enough and the three were shocked at the level to which the situation was escalated.

The police tried to assure them that this was in fact standard procedure.

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This commenter also demanded some concrete actions to be taken as a result of this mistreatment and unprofessionalism.

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This commenter pointed out that the neighbor had only done this to make sure no black family ever moved into the space.

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These commenters also suggested financial compensation be given to the aggrieved parties. 

When Thorne spoke to CNN, he said, "if you see a crime, report a crime. But if you see people — Black people, any minority — don’t report people doing normal things. You do that, you don’t realize that you can change their life or have their life taken, just you making a phone call. In this instance, it could have been three.”

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