Charges Expected in Racial NYC Hotel Confrontation Involving Musician’s Teen Son

Mayor Bill de Blasio described the case as a clear example of racism, tweeting, “It would be horrific at any age, but it’s especially offensive that it happened to a child”

The NYPD plans to bring charges against a woman who allegedly falsely accused the son of noted Black jazz musician of stealing her phone at an upscale New York City hotel over the weekend, its chief of detectives said Tuesday.

Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said at a news briefing that the decision came after the NYPD obtained video footage of the Saturday confrontation at SoHo’s Arlo Hotel. The woman’s identity has not been released.

The case, described in pained and frustrated detail on Instagram by musician Keyon Harrold in a Sunday Instagram post, initially appeared to warrant harassment charges, Harrison said, but added the video showed the verbal argument did escalate. Harrold was left with slight injuries. His son wasn’t hurt.

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