Community, law enforcement host unity event in Brooklyn

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Just weeks after 9-year-old Jeremiah Harvey was wrongfully accused of assault, the community and law enforcement are working to become more united. 

Harvey, along with other children in the community, came out Sunday for a day of fun hosted by community organizer Tony Herbert.

“When police officers are made to be the boogie man, we need to get that out of the way, make sure kids feel comfortable asking officers for help,” says Herbert.

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The event comes just weeks after a woman, Theresa Klien, now nicknamed “Cornerstore Caroline,” falsely accused 9-year-old Jeremiah of groping her. Video of the incident went viral, as well as the surveillance video that proved there was no physical contact, aside from the boy’s backpack brushing against her.

“A lot of things he is going to be exposed to because of the color of his skin,” says Harvey’s mother. “But I said we have to take that pain, that fear and turn it into something better.”

From chess games to Connect Four, to tumbling pieces of Jenga falling to the floor, it was a day for everyone to move forward.

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