New Hampshire woman hurls 'N-word' at Black child, threatens to ‘kneel on his neck’
A New Hampshire woman is facing a civil rights complaint after she threatened a nine-year-old Black child by calling him the N-word and telling him she would "kneel on his neck."
The office of New Hampshire Attorney General John M. Formella filed an enforcement action against 51-year-old Kristina Graper of Dover for violating the state’s Civil Rights Act. The complaint was filed on Thursday, October 7, in Strafford County Superior Court, alleging Graper made a racially motivated threat against the youngster after he accidentally broke a toy belonging to her son. Earlier this month, MEAWW reported how the FDNY suspended nine firefighters for racist jokes on George Floyd's death.
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The nine-year-old boy, referred to as D.H. in court documents, was playing with Graper's son in a neighborhood park on May 10 when the latter "pushed" him and caused him to break "a foam missile or foam bullet” that belonged to Graper’s child, who ran home and told his mother about it. “Afraid, D.H. ran away, but the defendant was able to catch up to him,” the complaint stated. “The defendant threatened D.H. that she would kneel on his neck.”
A witness, referred to as A.P. in court documents, allegedly heard Graper threaten the kid and told her that her conduct was "unnecessary." Graper is said to have yelled at A.P. in response. Meanwhile, as D.H. continued to return home, he allegedly “heard [Graper] scream the word ‘n****r’ at him.” This prompted D.H.'s mother to alert the authorities and file a report against Graper with the Dover Police Department. That said, Graper's race is unclear.
“When police met with the defendant on June 1, 2021, the defendant initially could not recall the incident but then recounted how D.H. broke her child’s toy,” the complaint continued. “The defendant denied telling D.H. that she would kneel on his neck, and instead, she recalled stating words to the effect ‘you wonder why you guys get fucking kneeled on.’ She also denied calling D.H. a n****r but later stated it was because ‘they’ do not know how to shut their ‘n****r pie holes.’”
The encounter with Graper "had an impact upon D.H." as he understood her threat as a reference to George Floyd‘s death at the hands of convicted former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, the attorney general’s office said. “When the defendant made her threat to D.H., he began to cry,” the complaint stated. “Since the threat, D.H. has been afraid to return to the park and will only do so when other children are there to help keep him safe.”
The document alleged that Graper had violated the child's civil rights by threatening to use physical force motivated by his race. “D.H.’s race motivated the defendant’s threat,” the complaint added. “The very nature of the defendant’s threat invoked D.H.’s race as the threat was a reference to the widely-publicized murder of George Floyd that occurred in 2020. The defendant’s use of racial slurs directed at D.H. further evidenced the racial motivation for the defendant’s threat.”
The state is reportedly seeking a judgment of up to $5,000 from Graper and a temporary restraining order prohibiting her from further civil rights violations for up to three years, according to Law & Crime.