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Inside Edition 31 Dec 2020

14-Year-Old Assaulted by Woman Falsely Accusing Him of Theft


Newly released surveillance video of the woman who falsely accused a Black teenager of stealing her iPhone shows her chasing the teen in a hotel lobby, before grabbing and swinging him to the floor. The video was released by the NYPD, along with a statement that declared the teen "innocent" and accused the woman of "physically attacking him." The incident was also filmed by the boy's father, Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold. The woman had actually left her phone in an Uber.

A talented 14-year-old artist created a special painting of one of his hometown heroes, and Twitter helped the two connect. Tyler Gordon's video of him painting Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has been retweeted over 16,000 times so far, including by Chelsea Clinton and the Vice President-elect's sister, Meena Harris. While preparing her cornbread for Thanksgiving dinner, Vice President-elect Harris called Tyler to encourage his artistry and thank him for the painting. Tyler, who did not talk until he was 6 years old, was in a wheelchair for two years and has a severe stutter, says he uses his paintings to speak for him.
The now notorious incident in which a Black 14-year-old teen was wrongly accused of stealing a white woman's iPhone at a hotel in New York City is causing outrage across America. And it's the latest example of Black people who say they were treated with suspicion when staying at upscale hotels. Inside Edition Correspondent Jim Moret recently spoke with six Black Americans who say they were treated like criminals during their hotel stays.
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A woman falsely accused the 14-year-old son of musician Keyon Harrold of stealing her iPhone in a New York City hotel. Harrold is now calling for legal action against the woman, including assault charges. Police confirmed a complaint has been filed and have not revealed the woman's identity.

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