9-Year-Old Falsely Accused Of Sexual Assault Says He Doesn’t Forgive White Woman Who Called The Cops

October 19, 2018  |  


Last weekend, we reported that Teresa Klein, a White woman, called the cops to say that a 9-year-old boy, Jeremiah Harvey, sexually assaulted her by touching her behind in a convenient store. Surveillance video showed that the boy’s backpack grazed the woman as he and his mother were passing her as she stood at the counter.

Jeremiah’s hands were clearly in front of him as he passed her.

Klein, seeing the error in her ways—after she was properly shamed—issued an apology.

The neighborhood and Someko Bellille, Jeremiah’s mother, weren’t so ready to accept it. During a community meeting organized by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Bellille spoke to New York’s ABC affiliate, WABC.

“What happened to us respecting one another, having unity and being neighborly.”

Jason Littlejohn, the man who recorded the video that has since been viewed over 8 million times said this.

“We’re definitely going to make a movement out here,” Littlejohn said in his Sunday Facebook post. “We’re going to stop people — I will say, people — from dialing 911 unnecessarily. … It’s gotta stop, people. … We will not let this continue to happen.”

Jeremiah echoed his mother’s message. “Friendship is really the key.”

Still, he’s also harboring some resentment.

“I don’t forgive this woman and she needs help.”

Welp. He said what he said. And honestly, I can’t say that I blame him.

Too often the onus of decency and forgiveness falls on the shoulders of Black people after White people have behaved in unconscionable ways. In fact the question about forgiveness shouldn’t even be posed to Black families. Instead they need to be pressing Klein to ask what she’s learned from this ordeal and what steps will she be taking to ensure this type of foolishness doesn’t happen in the future? Those are the questions that need answers.

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