‘Cornerstore Caroline’ apologizes after calling police on black child

cornerstore caroline teresa klein
Stovetop Littlejohn

  • A white woman apologized on Friday after a video went viral
    showing her calling 911 to wrongly report a sexual assault
    allegation against a young, black boy in Brooklyn.
  • The woman, 53-year-old Teresa Klein, had alleged on Wednesday
    that the boy groped her at a convenience store.
  • Klein was confronted with security-camera footage on Friday
    showing that the boy’s backpack had brushed against her.
  • The original video is the latest in a series of
    instances where white people have called police on black people
    for seemingly innocuous behavior, raising concerns of racial

A white woman in Brooklyn who called 911 and falsely accused a
young black boy of sexual assault apologized on Friday after
being confronted with video footage showing that the boy appeared
not to touch her.

Teresa Klein, 53, sparked outrage across social media this week
after she was captured on video outside a convenience store
calling police and accusing a nine-year-old boy of groping her.

“I was just sexually assaulted by a child,” Klein said over the
phone, as the boy could be heard crying. “The son grabbed my ass
and she decided to yell at me,” Klein said, referring to the
boy’s mother.

The video, recorded by 37-year-old
Jason Littlejohn, quickly went viral, racking up more than 6
million views as of Saturday evening.

Watch the video below:

Littlejohn labeled Klein “Cornerstore Caroline,” the latest
variation on a trend of nicknaming white woman who have gone
viral for calling 911 on black people. “Permit Patty” and “BBQ Becky” each received
online backlash after calling police to report a young black girl
selling water in San Francisco and a group of black people
barbecuing in Oakland, respectively.

On Friday, Littlejohn uploaded another video showing Klein back
at the convenience store and watching surveillance footage from
earlier that week. The footage appears to show the
boy’s bag brushing against Klein’s backside as he walked behind

Klein conceded to reporters in the store that “the child
accidentally brushed against me,” and apologized.

“Young man, I don’t know your name, but I’m sorry,” Klein said,
looking into one of the cameras.

Watch the video below:

Though Klein told Fox5NY that she’s
not racist and phoned police because she believed the boy’s
mother was being aggressive, her 911 call was the latest in a
series of instances where white people have called police on
black people for seemingly innocuous behavior, raising concerns
of racial bias.

Two young black men in in April were forcibly removed from a
Philadelphia Starbucks
by police as they sat in the café
waiting for a business meeting. In May, a graduate student at
Yale University was questioned by
after a fellow student reported her for sleeping in
the common area of their dormitory. In June, one black firefighter in uniform was
to police as he conducted a city-mandated inspection
on homes in an Oakland neighborhood.

The witnesses who saw Klein call 911 told media they felt
outraged that Klein had frightened and potentially traumatized an
innocent young boy.

“The little kid thought he was going to go to jail for something
he didn’t do,” Littlejohn told The New York
. “I thought it was someone calling police for
unnecessary reasons, especially on a child.”

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