Wyoming, MI — A father and son, along with their realtor recently found out about one of the many problems living in a “see something, say something” society. For legally shopping for a home with a licensed realtor, Roy Thorne and his son were held at gunpoint, handcuffed and detained despite committing no crime, all thanks to a neighbor who told police they were breaking into the home.
Last Sunday, realtor Eric Brown was showing Thorne a home in Wyoming when police arrived on the scene with guns drawn and ordered them out of the home. TFTP has reported on multiple instances just like this one in which innocent people in the middle of legal activities have been beaten, shot, and even killed under similar circumstances.
Luckily, Thorne and his son were not killed, however, when watching the video below, a single wrong move and things could have turned sour quickly.
As the video shows, police showed up in a tactical approach, pointing guns and yelling for them to come out of the home. Despite complete compliance, the officers continued to hold guns on all three people as they placed them in handcuffs.
“They keep their guns drawn on us until all of us were in cuffs,” Thorne said, according to WOOD. “So, that was a little traumatizing I guess because under the current climate of things, you just don’t know what’s going to happen.”
In a statement, police claimed that holding them at gunpoint is standard procedure for the type of call they received.
“When responding to a reported home invasion in progress with multiple individuals inside a home, this is standard protocol,” Wyoming police said in their statement.
If the home isn’t occupied, however, it is not a home invasion as the very definition of the term requires the home to be lawfully occupied. This house was vacant.
After holding everyone at gunpoint Brown explains to police that he is a realtor showing the home and that they were doing nothing wrong and had permission to be there.
“Neighbors are calling in that you’re breaking into the place,” the officer said.
“I’m the Realtor,” Brown responded.
Brown then asks the officers to look at his real-estate license inside his wallet.
“If you pull that out, you have to carry that by law, that’s my license,” Brown said.
After they were uncuffed, police explained that the home had been broken into 8 days prior by a person driving a black Mercedes and that Brown’s vehicle, a Hyundai Genesis looked like the perpetrator’s car.
Police then apologized, according to the video, but as Thorne explained, the damage was already done.
“That officer came back and apologized again, but at the same time, the damage is done,” Thorne said. “My son was a little disturbed, he hasn’t seen anything like that … he’s not going to forget this.”
“I feel pretty anxious, or nervous or maybe even a little bit scared about what do I do to protect myself if I’m going to show a home and the authorities just get called on a whim like that,” Brown said. “Am I just automatically the criminal? Because that’s pretty much how we were treated in that situation.”
Thorne had some words of advice for the “see something, say something” crowd who are quick to call 911 to report a non-crime.
“We’re just like you. We occupy the same space. We do the same things. We go to the same places,” he said.
“And if you see a crime, report a crime. But if you see people — Black people, any minority — don’t report people doing normal things,” Thorne said. “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.”
“You could’ve changed my life, changed my son’s life,” he said.
Insanely enough, cops holding innocent people at gunpoint for viewing a home with a realtor is not uncommon. We’ve reported on it before.