Texas: White grandfather detained over black granddaughter
A crime and politics blogger living in Austin, Texas, claims he was cuffed and detained by police for simply walking home with his five-year-old granddaughter.
The reason this happened, he says, is because he is white and she is black.
Scott Henson, a political consultant who blogs about the criminal justice system at Grits For Breakfast said he was walking home from a roller skating rink with his 5-year-old granddaughter Ty last Friday night when he was stopped by a female deputy.
The officer told him that there were reports of a white man kidnapping a black girl and he was ordered to step away from Ty as the officer questioned the girl, the New York Daily News reported.
After a few minutes of questioning, Henson and Ty were allowed to walk home. They were just two blocks away when they were stopped by five flashing police cars and a crowd of police.
"The officers got out with tasers drawn demanding I raise my hands and step away from the child," Henson said. Huffington Post.
On Saturday, Henson wrote on his popular blog Grits For Breakfast that he was handcuffed and detained Friday evening while walking with the girl in East Austin. statesman.com
The blog post went viral over the weekend on Facebook and other social media outlets, and this week received attention from newspapers in New York and London: statesman.com.
Ty’s mother is not Henson and his wife’s biological child; the couple decided to raise her after her own father died. Still, the woman calls Henson and his wife “Mom” and “Dad,” and naturally, her daughter refers to the couple as her grandparents. newsone.com
In November 2008, Henson said, a police car pulled up beside Ty and him while they were walking home from a neighbourhood park. "Someone had called 911, she [the officer] said, to report a suspicious looking white man walking down the street holding hands with a black toddler," he writes on his blog: thegrio.com
During both encounters with police, Henson says, he vehemently resisted giving away personal or familial information about Ty and him. "Not wanting to violate the failure to identify statute, I gave her my name, address and birth date, but refused to answer any other questions," he says of the incident in 2008: thegrio.com
After Henson was released, there were no apologies issued.
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