Black cop charged with assault after pro-Trump attackers reportedly focused her

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“Three gents, they grabbed me, however on the time, one in every of them hit, me after which they dragged me to the police line,” Smith informed NBC Washington.  She added on a Gofundme web page to boost cash for her authorized protection that the video makes her appear to be “the aggressor, however it doesn’t present what occurred previous to my defending myself.”

The officer wrote on the fundraising page, which had generated greater than $138,700 by Wednesday afternoon:

“I’m a 28-year-old African American lady who lives within the Washington DC metropolitan  space. I not too long ago was assaulted, attacked and harassed by a gaggle of Trump supporters on Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington DC on January fifth, 2021. A video has surfaced the place I used to be surrounded by a gaggle of Trump extremists, and I actually feared for my life. The video makes me appear to be I’m the aggressor, however it doesn’t present what occurred previous to my defending myself. Individuals shoved me, tried to take my telephone and keys, yelled racial epithets at me, and tried to take away my masks. I requested them to social distance and keep out of my private area as a consequence of COVID 19. They refused, and I used to be afraid of being damage and harmed. After being assaulted, I defended myself. I’m now going through felony costs together with being relieved from my employment pending an investigation. Which locations me in a hardship scenario in the meanwhile. I’m asking for assist and assist with funds for my authorized charges and to keep up the important issues that I must survive throughout this time. Any quantity of assist is really appreciated.
Thanks upfront.”

Brandon Burrell, the lawyer representing Smith stated the assault may have been extra extreme in an interview with NBC Washington. Smith was attacked the day earlier than terrorists stormed the Capitol final Wednesday in Washington D.C. in an attempted coup that ended with no less than 4 folks lifeless and 14 law enforcement officials injured. “Contemplating what we noticed this group of individuals, or the group at massive do the next day,” Burrell stated, “I feel it may have been quite a bit worse for Ms. Smith.”

Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick died when rioters pulled him down cement stairs, and beat him, The New York Times reported. One of many assailants held a hearth extinguisher, and one other beat the cop with the American flag, the newspaper reported. “USA! USA! USA!” the violent mob screamed.

 

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