Video Shows Woman Falsely Accuse Black Teen Of Stealing Her Phone

Written by on December 28, 2020

Distinguished jazz musician Keyon Harrold says a girl bodily assaulted him and his 14-year-old son inside a Manhattan lodge over the weekend after the girl falsely and baselessly accused {the teenager} of stealing her cellphone, elevating racial profiling considerations.

Harrold and his son, who’re each Black, have been staying at Arlo Lodge in SoHo on Saturday when he filmed the unidentified lady repeatedly lunging at them within the foyer whereas making an attempt to get the kid’s iPhone.

Minutes after the filmed encounter, Harrold stated the girl’s precise cellphone was returned to her by an Uber driver.

“Take the case off, that’s mine,” the frantic lady is heard saying from behind a person who identifies himself as a supervisor on the boutique lodge. “Actually, get it again, please. Get it again.”

Harrold, who performed the trumpet within the Grammy-award-winning soundtrack to the 2015 movie “Miles Forward,” a Miles Davis biopic, informs the supervisor that his son doesn’t have to indicate the girl his cellphone as a result of he didn’t do something unsuitable.

“You don’t have to clarify nothing to her,” Harrold tells his son.

Once they attempt to stroll away, the girl follows and seems to bodily rush at them, sparking an altercation.

“No, I’m not letting him stroll away with my cellphone,” the girl is heard yelling as she trails the daddy and son down a hallway.

Harrold, in feedback to The New York Occasions, stated his cellphone’s video minimize off as the girl tackled his son and tried to look his pockets. The lady was then bodily separated from him.

Keyon Harrold's video shows an unidentified woman physically trying to take his son's cellphone away from him inside a New Yo

Keyon Harrold’s video exhibits an unidentified lady bodily making an attempt to take his son’s cellphone away from him inside a New York lodge as she falsely accused {the teenager} of stealing it from her. The lady apparently misplaced her cellphone, and it was returned to her by an Uber driver. 

“I’m livid!!! We see this crap taking place on a regular basis, however it hits completely different when it hits house!!!” Harrold wrote on Instagram Saturday whereas sharing the video.

In his interview with the Occasions, he questioned whether or not he and his son could have been the victims of racial profiling, although he stated he didn’t know the race of the girl.

“They assumed he was responsible,” Harrold stated of his son. “The administration didn’t even query her as to why she would even assume he had the cellphone.”

The incident has been likened to different current incidents of racism, together with a white lady calling police on a Black chicken watcher in Central Park again in Might after he requested her to leash her canine, because the park’s guidelines require. That lady then falsely accused the person of making an attempt to assault her.

Harrold stated he and his son didn’t obtain apologies from the lodge or the girl on the time of the confrontation, who he was instructed had checked out of the lodge a number of days earlier.

Lodge officers on Sunday issued a public apology to Harrold and his son on social media for what they stated was “baseless accusation, prejudice, and assault in opposition to an harmless visitor.”

Harrold performed the trumpet in the Grammy-winning soundtrack for the film "Miles Ahead."

Harrold carried out the trumpet within the Grammy-winning soundtrack for the movie “Miles Forward.”

“In investigating the incident additional, we’ve discovered that the supervisor on obligation promptly known as the police concerning the girl’s conduct and that lodge safety intervened to stop additional violence; nonetheless, extra might have been finished to deescalate the dispute,” the assertion learn.

The teenager’s mom, fellow musician Katty Rodriguez, dismissed the lodge’s apology on Sunday and claimed that it tried to brush a particularly traumatic incident for her son below a rug.

“The one cause we determined to go public and submit on social media was as a result of the lodge which had a safety guard on obligation let this younger woman depart whereas ready for the police to reply after she assaulted my son a number of instances which isn’t seen on this video as a result of my sons father dropped the cellphone to guard our son!” Rodriguez’s submit learn.

In an earlier submit, Rodriguez expressed gratitude to Harrold and different Black fathers.

“Probably the most painful feeling as we speak as a mum or dad was to really feel helpless in defending my little one in opposition to racial hatred,” she wrote.

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