Black Texas College Student Wakes Up To Cops With Guns Drawn After White Roommates 'Prank' Her With 911 Call
Christin Evans just wanted to cheerlead and make friends in college.
September 29, 2020 at 9:36 pm
A Black freshman at a Texas university woke up surrounded by law enforcement agents with their guns drawn.
Seventeen-year-old Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) freshman Christin Evans was the target of a cruel and dangerous prank known as “swatting,” the act of falsely reporting that someone is about to commit a crime. Officers sometimes respond to these calls with lethal force.
On Sept. 14, police stormed Evans’ dorm after her three white roommates, along with seven others, falsely accused the teenager of brandishing scissors while threatening to stab other students, according to KPRC in Houston. The police later determined the girl was innocent after reviewing video footage. Evans says the roommates are racists.
A press conference regarding the incident was held on Monday. Randall Kallinen, a civil rights attorney, expressed his concern regarding what happened to Evans.
“Their daughter was sleeping and awoken at 3 o’clock in the morning by local police with flashlights shining out and their guns drawn," the lawyer said. "This could have been a Breonna Taylor circumstance.”
“They had falsely accused Christin of having scissors and threatening to stab people,” he said.
Attorney for the family of a Black freshman at Stephen F. Austin University says she was the victim of a racist swatting setup by her white roommates that led to police bursting into her dorm, guns drawn and 3a while she slept. So far, no punishment or charges for students. pic.twitter.com/61gvbeOx2M
— Syan Rhodes (@SyanRhodes) September 28, 2020
The girl’s mother, LaShondra Evans, said she wants justice for her daughter.
"I want justice. I want [the people responsible] to have consequences," the mom said. "They played with her life."
Christin, who was in tears during the press conference, expressed how the situation destroyed her first year of college.
“I was looking forward to making friends and having a good time on the cheer team, but since this has happened, it’s made it really, really hard," she said.