Ventura, County, Ca., sheriff’s deputies arrested Miya Ponsetto, who was caught on video tackling a Black teenager within the foyer of a New York Metropolis resort after falsely accusing him of stealing her cellphone, the New York Times reports. The episode has drawn comparisons to a different incident through which a white girl known as 911 to assert falsely Black bird-watcher in New York’s Central Park was threatening her life. The resort video was posted on social media by Keyon Harrold, a distinguished jazz musician who was staying on the resort together with his son, Keyon Jr., 14. Within the video, Ponsetto will be seen confronting the Harrolds on Dec. 26 after they stroll into the foyer, insisting with out proof that Keyon Jr. has her cellphone. Surveillance footage reveals Ponsetto operating after Keyon Jr. and tackling him.
A Uber driver discovered Ponsetto’s cellphone later within the day. Ponsetto faces unrelated fees in California of lewd conduct and driving whereas intoxicated. Her lawyer, Sharen Ghatan, mentioned Ponsetto, 22, regretted her actions and needed to apologize in particular person to Harrold and his household. Ghatan mentioned Ponsetto was not focusing on the Harrolds due to their race. She is of Puerto Rican and Vietnamese descent and doesn’t determine as white. “She’s not making an attempt to make any racial assertion,” Ghatan mentioned. “She’s … of combined cultural descent. She’s not some blond-haired, blue eyed privileged white woman. She actually simply needed to get her cellphone again.” Ponsetto noticed Keyon Jr. with a cellphone and thought it was hers, Ghatan mentioned. Harrold mentioned Ponsetto’s actions demanded greater than an apology. He mentioned her conduct mirrored a systemic drawback of Blacks being seen as threats or outsiders.