Ashanti Smith, an unarmed safety guard whose interplay with a mob of Trump supporters on Jan. 5 went viral, is now dealing with authorized troubles.
In an interview on The Clay Cane Show through SiriusXM City View, the 28-year-old defined in additional element what occurred that evening.
Smith mentioned there have been two interactions with Trump supporters and the primary interplay was not on video.
Smith, who was unarmed, mentioned she was on break from her downtown D.C. safety job when the protesters questioned who she was with and why she was there. She mentioned the group of individuals had been “closely intoxicated,” together with Theresa Duke, the particular person Smith says she defended herself towards.
Smith mentioned the group requested her if she was a Trump supporter and when she mentioned no, they started shouting that she was with Antifa. She says she tried to stroll away however was adopted.
“They did not have on masks. They started to proceed to attempt to take my masks off of my face. They tried to take my cellphone out of my hand. They saved brushing up and bumping and hitting me,” Smith defined.
“I proceeded to attempt to stroll to the police barricade whereas I am making an attempt to defend myself… The gentleman that’s seen, making an attempt to hit me after I defend myself towards her [Theresa Duke], he was already hitting and assaulting me. A police officer has seen every little thing that was occurring. They pulled me to the police barricade they usually instructed me to face by.”
Smith mentioned when police “felt as if that it was secure” she was allowed to stroll away, “as quickly as I used to be strolling away from the police barricade, I used to be surrounded once more by the identical group of individuals, however they got here with a bigger crowd.”
She continued, “Right now, I am being grabbed by a number of totally different individuals. I hear racial slurs of ‘Hang the [n***** b****], dangle them. All of them should die, kill her.’ I am being pulled from each path. I am making an attempt to stroll away. They preserve surrounding me and shutting in on me, somebody really spit on me moments previous to the video that surfaced.”
Smith says when Duke reached over throughout her face is when she defended herself with a punch.
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Smith additionally revealed when she was pushed to the police barricade, which is the place she was attacked from behind by Anne Lorenz, she was instructed by police she couldn’t keep there and needed to depart. Police didn’t even escort her away from the gang, “They instructed me I had to return into the identical crowd that I simply obtained attacked by.”
Smith left and returned later to retrieve gadgets that had been left on the incident. Initially, she mentioned a detective instructed her she was a sufferer of an assault and a hate crime, which she claims police confirmed however issues shortly modified.
“He needed to stroll away for a few minutes. He got here again lower than 5 minutes later. He instructed me to place my fingers behind my again and instructed the officers to put me underneath arrest… I used to be put within the car and in handcuffs and I used to be not learn any of my rights. I used to be transported to a police station and I used to be charged for assault.”
Anne Lorenz was charged with easy assault.
For the reason that video has gone viral, Smith says she has “acquired quite a few threats, hate messages on my social media. My household has additionally been harassed. I’m in worry for my life at this level and I used to be at that time as properly.”
In response to her GoFundMe campaign to lift cash for authorized charges, the 28-year-old wrote she has been “relieved from my employment pending an investigation.” She has declined to call her employer.
Smith emphasised, “Lots of people don’t perceive that the movies that you simply all are seeing isn’t my first encounter with this group. It’s my second one.”
Helena Duke, the mom of Thersea Duke and niece Anne Lorenz, has been advocating for Ashanti Smith on social media. On Jan. 11, she tweeted, “The harassment is blatantly apparent on this video.”
Smith additionally mentioned she and Helena Duke have spoken through FaceTime.
The day after the incident, the insurrection at the Capitol happened, which was incited by President Trump. It’s not identified if Theresa Duke or Anne Lorenz participated within the rebellion.
Watch Ashanti Smith’s interview on The Clay Cane Present beneath: