Thompson, a 13-year-old white dancer had been given permission to travel to Texas with her instructors to train all weekend with some of the best in the dance industry.
Thompson’s instructors are black males.
They stopped at a gas station to find their hotel via GPS when out of nowhere they were surrounded by the Houston police; who dragged each of them out of the car and handcuffed all three of them.
“I was kind of freaked out and surprised by it,” said Landry Thompson.
Landry’s dance teacher, Emmanuel Hurd, added:
“They just pulled us out of the car. Put our hands behind out backs like we were criminals. He asked me; who is the girl? She is my student. I said I have a notarized letter from her parents stating that I have full guardianship over her while we are here.”
Landry Thompson and her dance teachers said they pleaded with the police and told the police their story repeatedly, but to no avail. It did not matter to the officers.
Landry Thompson told reporters:
“They still put handcuffs on me. And it really scared me. And they put me in the back of the cop car. I was terrified.”
Landry Thompson was then taken to Child Protective Services. Her mother, Destiny Thompson exclaimed:
“I was horrified. She was with the people I wanted her to be with. She was with people who were safe who I knew would take care of he. Yet they had taken her away from those people and now she was in a shelter, wherever she was with people I didn’t know.”
CPS told Destiny Thompson that she would have to fly to Houston to get her daughter. After many phone calls with various officials, Landry Thompson was finally released back into the custody of her dance teachers.
“I would love an apology,” said Landry Thompson’s mother. “They owe her an apology.”
Soon after, the trio was back at the dance studio. They intend to leave Houston on Monday afternoon. The Houston Police Dept. (HPD) has not been responding to inquiries as to what happened.
See Rucks Russell report the irresponsible incident on KHOU below.