Police release video of woman attacking black teenager after falsely accusing him of stealing his phone
New York Police Department (NYPD) officials this week released surveillance footage showing the viral incident of a woman attacking a black teenager after falsely accusing him of stealing her phone.
NYPD Detective Chief Rodney Harrison tweeted surveillance footage from the Arlo SoHo boutique hotel showing a woman physically attacking 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr., the son of jazz musician Keyon Harrold.
In the video, young Harrold tries to get away from the woman as she grabs him, and they both fall to the ground. The video ends with a wanted photo of the woman.
“On Saturday, December 26, the woman in this video falsely accused an innocent 14-year-old girl of stealing her cell phone,” Harrison tweeted. “She then began to physically attack him and fled the scene before the police arrived at the scene.”
On Saturday, December 26, the woman in this video falsely accused an innocent 14-year-old teenager of stealing her cell phone. She then physically assaulted him and fled the scene before the police arrived at the scene. pic.twitter.com/qtZZWetBWH
– Chef Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) December 31, 2020
An NYPD spokesperson told The Hill on Friday that police had “positively identified” the woman and were working to locate her, adding that the incident was not being investigated as an incident bias.
A different video of the incident shot by senior Harrold was uploaded earlier this week and had received more than 2.8 million views by Friday afternoon. The one-minute video shows the woman encouraging a hotel manager to pick up the phone, and as the father and son walk away, she yells “I’m not letting him go with my phone” before grabbing the phone. teenager.
Harrold said the woman’s phone was returned to the hotel by an Uber driver “minutes” after the incident.
Ben Crump, civil rights activist and adolescent lawyer, called earlier this week that the woman be charged with assault and battery for “attacking” Harrold.
“As this year of racial awareness draws to a close, it is deeply disturbing that incidents like this one, in which a black child is viewed and treated as a criminal, continue to occur,” Crump said in a statement. shared on Twitter.
To compound the injustice, the hotel manager failed to ask 14-year-old Keyon to prove his innocence, documenting that we have two justice systems in America and black people are being treated as guilty until their innocence be proven, “he added.
Arlo Hotels, owner of the hotel, apologized on Sunday, saying: “We are deeply disheartened by the recent incident of baseless accusations, prejudice and assault against an innocent guest of Arlo Hotel.”
The 22-year-old woman, who has not been identified, told CNN she was assaulted during the incident, which the network could not verify. She added that she was willing to cooperate with the investigation and speak with Harrold.