The 9-year-old black boy on the heart of the “Cornerstore Caroline” debacle shouldn’t be prepared to show the opposite cheek after a white lady falsely accused him of groping her.
Along with his mom standing beside him and with tears working down his face, Jeremiah Harvey spoke out at a group assembly in New York outdoors the Flatbush deli the place the incident occurred. “Friendship is de facto the important thing,” the boy mentioned.
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Jeremiah’s emotional response got here simply days after Teresa Klein accused the boy of grabbing her butt in a Brooklyn nook retailer and threatened to name the police. Video footage exhibiting her antics went viral on social media and she was given the nickname “Cornerstore Caroline.”
Klein apologized after viewing surveillance video that proved that Jeremiah by no means touched her. The footage confirmed Jeremiah’s backpack brushing towards her bottom as he handed her within the retailer, and his fingers had been clearly in entrance of him your complete time.
“I used to be fallacious. The kid unintentionally brushed me,” she informed Information 12 Brooklyn, as laughter erupted from individuals within the deli who gathered to observe the footage along with her. “Younger man, I don’t know your identify, however I’m sorry.”
Jeremiah’s mom, Someko Bellille, additionally spoke at Mondays’ assembly, telling the gang, “What occurred to us respecting each other, having unity and being neighborly?”
After the assembly, Jeremiah informed ABC New York station WABC that he does NOT settle for Cornerstore Caroline’s raggedy a** apology. “I don’t forgive this lady, and she wants assist,” he mentioned.