Sunday, February 5, 2023

Mom says Southwest Airlines thought she was smuggling her biracial daughter

“As for my daughter, she was very scared: She was already experiencing the trauma of her uncle’s death, and she fears how the police treat black people (she’s black). She started crying and was inconsolable,” her email said.

Officers assured her that nothing was wrong, but said they wanted to question her and her daughter, McCarthy said.

“They said they were here because my daughter and I were reported for suspicious behavior, acting suspiciously before boarding and during boarding,” she said.

“I took out my phone and immediately started recording. I told (the officer) who we were and my daughter was crying because she had lost a family member,” McCarthy said.

According to a Denver police report, “both mother and child have been cleared.”

The report also said officers were responding to “potential human trafficking reported by a Southwest flight attendant” — but McCarthy says they only learned two weeks later that they were suspected of human trafficking.

“I got a call from Denver Police’s Human Trafficking Unit that they are following up on this incident,” she told CNN.

CNN reached out to the Denver Police Department on Sunday afternoon about McCarthy’s claim, but did not receive a response.


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