Houston Police Detain Teen's Dance Instructor on Trip

Landry Thompson's dance instructor and partner say this is a case of racial profiling.
3:00 | 12/04/13

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A story that's raising a lot of eyebrows. The oklahoma teen taken into custody by houston police a they say she was found asleep in a car with her dance instructor and dance partner. She is white. The men are black. And they say this was a case of racial profiling. Abc's ryan owens has the story. Reporter: On the dance floor, these three appear in perfect sync. But with houston police say they saw the trio at 3:00 in the morning on sunday, asleep in a car at a gas station, they thought something didn't look right. After all, landry thompson is 13. Her dance partner is 22. Her instructor, 29. The three traveled from oklahoma to houston to fulfill landry's dream. To make a hip-hop music video. As she tried to explain to officers. They didn't believe me at all. They thought that I was a hundredaway. Reporter: They handcuffed all three and called landry's mom, nine hours away in oklahoma. She explained why her daughter was there. And that she even traveled with paperwork naming her 29-year-old dance instructor her legal guardian during the trip. The first thing they mentioned to me was that my daughter was in houston with two black men. Two black guys in a car with a white girl. Doesn't make any sense. Reporter: The officers took landry to child protective services, where she stayed for several hours until the confusion was cleared up. All three were eventually released. I'm proud of the officer for the actions that he took. Reporter: Houston's police chief said his officers acted only because the girl was 13. In a car with two men she's not related to, at 3:00 a.M. In a city with a serious human trafficking problem. I think the officer would have been derelict and somewhat negligent had she not intervened. Reporter: Landry's mom appreciates that police were asking questions. But still can't understand why her daughter ended up in handcuffs. For "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, dallas.

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