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Body camera footage shows police patting down Native American teenagers on Colorado college tour

May 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Body camera footage shows police patting down Native American teenagers on Colorado college tour

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Mother on a college tour called the cops on two Native American teenagers because they made her ‘nervous’

DENVER (AP) — Police body camera footage and telephone recordings captured an incident in which two Native American teenagers  were pulled from a Colorado college tour and questioned after another tour member reported “odd” behavior by “creepy kids.”

The camera footage released Friday by Colorado State University shows two police officers searching the teens’ pockets and questioning whether they were part of the tour.

The officers eventually determined that 19-year-old Thomas Kanewakeron Gray and his 17-year-old brother, Lloyd Skanahwati Gray had done nothing wrong and let them go after about five minutes.

But the incident last Monday has caused an outcry as a case of racial discrimination and prompted the university to apologize and try to make amends.

The video footage shows the brothers — one wearing a T-shirt and the other a hooded sweatshirt — walking in a group and down a set of stairs when an officer approaches and directs them to step aside, saying he and another officer — who is not visible in the video — are going to check the teens’ pockets.

The younger brother has his hands in his pockets, and police officers ask him to take them out.

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