Texas cops handcuff and take 13-year-old white girl from black guardians

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Houston Police have refused to explain why they took a 13-year-old white girl from her two black guardians over the weekend and placed her in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Landry Thompson’s mother had signed notarized papers giving dance instructor Emmanuel Hurd full guardianship over her during a trip from Oklahoma to Houston for training, according to KHOU.

Thompson, Hurd and another dance instructor had stopped at a gas station in Houston on Saturday night when they were surrounded by police cars.

Thompson is a 13-year-old blonde white girl and both dance instructors are young African-American men.

“We were on the GPS trying to figure out where the hotel was,” Hurd recalled. “They just pulled us out of the car and put our hands behind our backs like we were criminals.”

“The officer asked me ‘who’s the girl?’ and I said ‘she’s my student,’” Hurd continued. “I told him I had a notarized letter from her parents stating that we have full guardianship over her while we’re here.”

All three told the police the same story, but the officers apparently weren’t buying it.

“They still put handcuffs on me and it really scared me,” the 13-year-old said. “And they put me in the back of a cop car and I was terrified.”

Thompson’s mother, Destiny, was shocked when she found out that her daughter had been placed in the care of Child Protective Services.


“She was with the people I wanted her to be with,” the mother remarked. “She was with people I trusted. And now she was taken away from those people and in a shelter with people I didn’t know.”

At first officials reportedly demanded that the mother fly to Houston to get her daughter, but 11 hours later, the girl was released back into the custody of Hurd.

Destiny Thompson insisted that the police owed her and her daughter an apology. However, the department refused to comment for KHOU’s report.



Three Teens Arrested for Waiting While Black

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 police officer arrested three teens last week as they were standing outside a store in downtown Rochester, New York. Their crime: Waiting for a school bus.

The three boys — Raliek Redd, 16, Deaquon Carelock, 16, and Wan’Tauhjs Weathers, 17 — are star athletes at Edison Tech high school, and were waiting to be taken to a basketball game when they were spotted by an officer.

It seems the store adjacent to their pick-up spot was being monitored by police due to past complaints from the owner of teens loitering outside.

The officer asked the teens to disperse, but they explained that they were waiting to be picked up by a bus. The officer again asked the teens to disperse.

“We tried to tell them that we were waiting for the bus,” Wan’Tauhjs told WHEC. “We weren’t catching a city bus, we were catching a yellow bus. He didn’t care. He arrested us anyways.”

The three were charged with with disorderly conduct and obstructing the sidewalk.

While they were being handcuffed, their coach, Jacob Scott, arrived at the scene and attempted to reason with the cop.

“He goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,” Scott recalled. “I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?'”

A school board member has since come out in defense of the arrested teens, saying this is not a new phenomenon.

“I’m very concerned about a pattern of young people being abused by police authority,” Rochester City School Board Member Mary Adams is quoted as saying. “To me, this seems like a really clear case, part of a pattern.”

The boys were scheduled to enter their plea before a judge last Friday, but their hearing has been postponed until December 11.


The importance of eye contact, emotional expression and non-verbal communication:

 How niqab and burqa can harm the psychological development of Muslim children

Scientific psychological studies confirm what parents know instinctively: that the mother’s eye contact and facial mimics are important when it comes to the development of her childrens’ empathy, communication and feeling of security. One important example is mothers with post-partum depression. Depressed mothers tend to have less eye contact and a less lively facial mimic, and the result can be delayed or even dysfunctional development in the child, emotionally and socially.

Children need eye contact and to be able to study the mother’s facial expressions for many reasons. Among them are:

1) The child learns to read and understand the emotions of others (empathy).
2) He or she learns about non-verbal communication (which is necessary for developing social skills).
3) They can see on their mother’s face if they are loved and safe, and if a situation is dangerous or not (which is necessary for the child’s basic feeling of security).

Niqabs, burqas and child development

While Muslim mothers do not hide their faces when home, many Muslim women wear some kind of facial cover when in public — also here in the West. As kindergartens are almost non-existent in Islamic countries and many Muslim families in the West choose not to have their children in kindergarten, millions of Muslim infants and small children are with their mothers most of the time during the first important years of their life. In most cases, this involves a lot of time — often daily — outside the home when shopping, going to the social office or for a walk, visiting friends, etc. All this time the child is not able to see his or her mother’s eyes and face. Imagine how your baby would react if you put a mask or a piece of cloth on your face every time you went outside the house. Among the most important consequences are:

a) The child has less time during the day where he or she is stimulated with eye and face contact.
b) The child is not able to see the mother’s non-verbal communication with people outside the family.
c) Not being able to get a loving smile or comforting eye contact, it is very much up to the child itself to estimate whether he or she is loved and safe — and as especially small children are unable to do this, they are deprived of this source of basic security in a lot of situations.

Lowered social skills and self-confidence

A basic method of mothers to convey love and confidence to their offspring is done with the eyes and face — especially when outside the home, where there are many unfamiliar sounds and people, unknown and quickly changing situations, etc. The mother’s face is also the first — and therefore the most important — source of learning to read other people’s emotions and learn about non-verbal communication. Finally, watching the mother’s face is a primary way for especially small children to see if the mother — and thereby the child himself or herself — perceives a situation as safe or dangerous.

But what if the child can not see his or her mother’s face?

This subject has not been studied enough, but based on current psychological knowledge about the importance of the mother’s face and eye contact for the child’s psychological development, the Islamic dress code for women may constitute a negative influence on the development of Muslims’ personality.