The 9-year-old boy who was wrongly accused of sexual assault by a white woman has spoken on the incident.
During a community meeting Wednesday, Jeremiah Harvey spoke on Teresa Klein, the woman who called 911 on Harvey after accusing him of groping her while he walked out of a bodega with his mother in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
“Friendship is really the key,” Harvey said. Someko Bellille, Harvey’s mother, also spoke during the meeting, saying: “What happened to us respecting one another, having unity and being neighborly?”
Following the meeting, Harvey told ABC New York station WABC that he doesn’t accept Klein’s apology.
“I don’t forgive this woman, and she needs help,” he said.
The incident between Klein and Harvey was caught on video by bystander Jason Littlejohn.
“I want the cops here right now,” Klein can be heard saying in the clip to 911. “The son grabbed my ass, and she decided to yell at me,” she continues, referencing Harvey’s mom.
However, surveillance footage from inside the bodega shows the boy’s backpack brush against Klein as he exits.
Upon seeing the footage from the bodega, Klein reportedly told The New York Times “Young man, I don’t know your name, but I’m sorry.”
According to KTLA 5, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling on the NYPD to investigate Klein and determine whether or not she broke the law, comparing the incident to a “modern-day Emmett Till moment.”
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