Hundreds rally to #StandWithJennifer in the wake of harassment claims
Hundreds marched and rallied in Valley Stream to show support for the woman who claims her neighbor has racially harassed her.
Jennifer McLeggan has shown News 12 video that she says shows her neighbor walking around his yard with a gun. The video also appears to show him leaning over the fence and spitting on her yard.
Police say 82-year-old Michael McInerney and his 57-year-old son do have pellet guns they use for target practice in their backyard.
McLeggan attended the evening event which marched to the Valley Stream Bandshell. The event lasted about two hours, saw a large police presence and had many people who didn't even know McLeggan, but wanted to show support.
"My neighbor has friends in places I do not, and he used his connections to make my life as a new mom very miserable," says McLeggan. "My neighbor's son used to shoot across my yard into street signs. I never went to my backyard because I was so scared he would shoot me."
Police also say the dispute dates back to 2017 and has resulted in about 50 calls over the past few years.
McLeggan's home went viral this week when she posted a sign with graphic details of incidents she says have happened, like human feces being thrown on her property, dead squirrels being buried and a blow torch being taken to her home in the middle of the night.
Authorities say at this point there is no evidence of bias at this point, but that that does not mean that it doesn't exist, saying there is "more work to be done."
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