Some people are defending 250-pound White man who knocked out 11-year-old Black girl

Photo source: Asheville Police Department

The brutal punch thrown by a White man in Asheville, North Carolina, has gone viral. The incident occurred at the Asheville Mall on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, after David Bell confronted several Black kids in a group.

Bell, a 51-year-old, 250-pound man, punched an 11-year-old girl after a confrontation. The girl, who has yet to be identified, was knocked unconscious. The encounter was caught on cell phone video.

According to Asheville Citizen-Times, Bell was arrested and charged with assault on a female under the age of 12 as well as two counts of assault on a female.

Following the incident, Bell shared his thoughts on Twitter by posting, “She was not a ‘little girl’ her and her pack were violently attacking my family and I. I was protecting my family. This was purely self defense. Race doesn’t matter.”

While many on social media have called for Bell to receive a harsh punishment for his actions, some have come to his defense.

Before Bell knocked the young girl out, he was pushed in the back by another person and turned and pushed the victim. After the victim stood up, balled up her fist and approached him, Bell knocked her out.

Here’s what David Bell had to say and the reactions of some of those who are defending him and his actions:

 

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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