He had no idea Whitt’s family was anywhere around, let alone what they looked like.
Whitt’s son mistakenly believed the guy was taking a picture of his little sister crying. So he took the guy’s phone and threw it into the crowd.
The guy grabbed Whitt’s son and told a friend to get a police officer. The officer nearby said he couldn’t do anything. His only job was to protect Whitt’s family.
Meanwhile, Whitt’s wife believed her son was being attacked, ran over and started scratching the guy’s face.
It was reported by the media as an attack on Whitt’s family and the myth has persisted.
The guy starts receiving death threats. He weighed his options about asking the police and prosecutors to pursue charges. Cops told him he had a good case.
In part to let the emotions die down and in part because he didn’t want Whitt’s son to have trouble going to college or going on a mission or something, he agreed to let Whitt buy him a new phone and call it good.