A New York woman has been taking increasing heat this week after she called the police on a black child and falsely accused him of groping her.
Surveillance footage first released by The New York Post inside a Brooklyn deli showed a 9-year-old boy walking past a woman, Teresa Klein, with his mother earlier this week.
The boy can be seen wearing a backpack and carrying a large plastic bag.
Klein quickly turns around and can be seen shouting across the deli and later arguing with the boy’s mother. The conversation devolved from there and resulted in Klein calling the police outside of the store, according to reports.
“I was just sexually assaulted by a child,” Klein can be heard saying in a video that Jason Stovetop LittleJohn, a New York resident, posted on Facebook. The video had garnered about 4.7 million views as of Friday evening.
It also shows the 9-year-old boy and another child crying as Klein makes a call to the police. Bystanders can be seen confronting Klein about the incident.
The New York Times reported that Klein returned to the store on Friday and watched the bodega’s security camera footage from the incident. She reportedly issued an apology to the young boy while speaking in front of a television reporter’s camera after seeing that he did not grab her.
“Young man. I don’t know your name but I’m sorry,” she said, before denying that her actions were racially charged.
“A woman charged at me and flashed a badge and said that she would arrest me,” she said, “and I called 911.”
Multiple incidents similar to the one that occurred at the Brooklyn deli have played out this year. For example, a Starbucks employee called the police on two black men in April after the two waited in the store without purchasing anything.
Reports also surfaced earlier this year that a 12-year-old African-American boy had the cops called on him while he was mowing the lawn in a Cleveland, Ohio, neighborhood.