Police Stop Native American Boys Who Made Mom 'Nervous'

Native American men removed from university tour after parent tells cops they made her 'nervous'

According to the school, the woman actually called the police because the brothers joined the tour late and she was concerned with their sudden appearance.

The university released the police video Friday afternoon along with audio from the 911 call that prompted campus police to pull 19-year-old Thomas Kanewakeron Gray and 17-year-old Lloyd Skanahwati Gray from the admissions tour earlier this week.

"All because some biased person judged my boys on how they looked", Grey said.

"I was nervous for them to get in our family auto and drive seven hours to a place they've never been before and find their way around and fight the Denver traffic", said Lorraine Gray, the boys' mother.

However, as the tour guide, Gabriella Visani, was unaware that the police presence was for the two boys and did not see they had left the group she continued the tour. She described the two students as having "really odd" behavior, claiming that they "stand out" and they were wearing clothing with "really weird symbolism" on it. Last month, two black men were arrested while waiting for a meeting in a Philadelphia Starbucks, sparking widespread criticism of the coffee chain and the city police.

In an email to students and staff Wednesday, university officials outlined what happened, saying in part: "The CSUPD spoke with the students, confirmed they were part of the tour, and allowed them to rejoin the group".

"If it's nothing, I'm sorry, but it actually made me like feel sick and I've never felt like that", she said.

According to the report, officers located the group at the CSU Student Rec Center.

The teens' faces are blurred out and their names are muted in the video because one of them is under 18.

"The reason we stopped you and talked to you is because someone from the group called and said you guys just kind of came into the group", the officer said.

In this May 26, 2016 photo, Thomas Kanewakeron Gray walks in a procession during his high school graduation at Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The officer then tells both men to hold their hands out, and checks their pockets.

"I'm of the belief that if you keep quiet about things then they're going to continue to happen", she said.

On Friday, the University, in a series of tweets, apologized again.

In the university's statement that was signed by three vice presidents - from the departments of enrollment, diversity and student affairs - the school said, "This incident is sad and frustrating from almost every angle, particularly the experience of two students who were here to see if this was a good fit for them as an institution".

The school added, "We deeply regret the unwelcoming and concerning experience they had while guests on our campus".

Frank also said the university was working on a number of changes for how student tours are conducted and how to address the incident in the future. He went on to say: "Two young men, through no fault of their own, wound up frightened and humiliated because another campus visitor was concerned about their clothes and overall demeanor, which appears to have simply been shyness".

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