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Oxygen Quotes Craig Phemister on Racial Profiling Case

November 10, 2021

Source: Oxygen

Ponsetto gained nationwide notoriety after video of her aggressively confronting 16-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr. at SoHo’s Arlo Hotel went viral. Ponsetto was indicted on second-degree unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, according to an indictment obtained by Oxygen.com. She pleaded not guilty in June.

“Keyon, Jr. and his family deserve more than an apology after being wrongfully and aggressively attacked in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel,” Craig Phemister told Oxygen.com. “For Ms. Ponsetto to describe the unprovoked assault as a ‘mistake’ minimizes the trauma that Keyon, Jr. continues to feel to this day. However, we not only blame Ms. Ponsetto for the attack, but the Arlo Hotel for allowing it to escalate and to go on unabated.”

The New York-based lawyer went on to label the incident as blatant racism.

“The only way we can get individuals and corporations to change the culture of systemic racism is to hold them accountable for their actions each and every time,” he added. “A clear message that this sort of abhorrent behavior will not be tolerated needs to be made, period”

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