Woman expected to be charged in alleged hotel attack involving Black teen
Dec 31 2020
Keyon Harrold, a Grammy-winning trumpet player who has performed with Common, Jay-Z and Rihanna, was with his 14-year-old son at the Arlo SoHo Hotel in New York City, where they were staying, when he says a white woman in the lobby approached his son to accuse him of stealing her phone.
Posting the video to Instagram, Mr Harrold recalls that the woman: 'scratched me; she tackled and grabbed him'.
Not pleased with how the hotel managed tried to handle the situation, he went on detailing, "Now watch as the manager advocates for the lady who is not even a hotel guest, insisting and attempting to use his managerial authority to force my son to show his phone to this random lady". The unidentified woman confronted them after they got off of an elevator in the lobby of the hotel in the incident Saturday, the New York Times reports. The musician then revealed that the assailant later found her phone when it was returned to her by an Uber driver a few minutes after this incident occurred.
"Show me my phone!" the woman yelled, lunging at them. CNN chose not to publicly name the woman who claimed she was receiving death threats. However, Harrold claims the manager sided with the woman, who was not a guest at the hotel at the time. The woman then grew more agitated, shouting, "Show me the proof!" and then sprinting toward Harrold Jr. just as the video cuts out.
"As this year of racial awareness is drawing to a close, it's deeply troubling that incidents like this one, in which a Black child is viewed as and treated like a criminal, continue to happen", read the statement.
"This person quote on quote "lost" her iPhone, and apparently, my son magically acquired it, which merely ridiculous", he wrote, revealing the confrontation went on for five minutes.
"He actually empowered her!"
Jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold and his family have become the victims of racial profiling.
"After we were able to get video, we're now looking to charge this individual with assault and maybe even look at grand larceny or maybe even attempted robbery", Harrison said. "Why did she think that she could accuse me?" He said the woman did not apologize to him or his son. That case inspired NY state lawmakers in June to pass a law that makes it easier under civil rights law to sue an individual who calls a police officer on someone "without reason" due to their background, including race and national origin.
The New York Police Department, and Manhattan district attorney's office confirmed they were investigating the situation on Sunday and Monday respectively.
"This is what it will take to drive change", Crump said in a statement.