Update: White Man Who Assaulted 11-Year-Old Black Girl is Due in Court Next Month

David Steven Bell, 51, is home with his family after punching an 11-year-old Black child in the face this past weekend in an Asheville mall. He was arrested, charged with three counts of assault and released in about a 24-hour period. His court date is Feb. 5.


His Asheville attorney Andy Banzhoff, in the statement issued late Monday, said Bell is in treatment for a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Bell felt threatened and regretted using physical force, he said.

Who triggered his PTSD According to Banzhoff, Black children. Specifically, “a large pack of youths.”

“His actions were not motivated by any animus towards the persons in that group. Mr. Bell’s belief is that all persons are created equal and that we are all children of God,” the statement said.

Related Story: White Man in North Carolina Punches Black Child in the Face, Charged With Assault

Well, if Bell believes all people are equal, Banzhoff sure doesn’t. When do you hear about a large pack of animals oops I mean children, that are white

“All I am doing at this stage is laying out the facts as we reasonably believe them to be,” he said.

I bet. These are the facts according to Bell’s lawyer:

One female youth shoved Bell in the back. Another “stepped towards Bell in an aggressive manner.”

Despite what the video obviously shows, Banzhoff said, Bell pushed the 11-year-old away and she “lost her balance and fell backwards.”

“She then got to her feet and aggressively charged in the direction of Mr. Bell. As she entered Mr. Bell’s personal space, he struck her with his closed fist.”

“His actions were in an effort to defend himself against the perceived threat from a large pack of youth who had trapped and surrounded him,” Banzhoff said.

He said Bell and his family were praying for healing for “those impacted by this unfortunate incident.”

Bell, here’s some advice: if you were trying to not look like a racist after the video, fire your lawyer.

Reader Question: Kids being rough means a grown adult punches a child who falls right to the concrete. Is anyone checking to see if she has traumatic brain injury or if any of those girls have PTSD from watching an adult beat up a child

Latest News

Melanie Willingham-Jaggers

People on the Move: Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, New Executive Director of LGBTQ Advocacy Group GLSEN

The nationwide LGBTQ+ advocacy group Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has announced the appointment of its new Executive Director, Melanie Willingham-Jaggers. They will be the first Black, nonbinary individual to lead the group in its 32-year history. Founded in 1990 by a group of educators focused on helping…

Walmart interior

Black Corrections Officer Wrongly Accused of Shoplifting in Walmart Claims Store Employees Racially Profiled Him 

Despite Walmart’s ongoing commitment to diversity as an organization, employees at one store in Georgia have been accused of racially profiling one of their customers. Monique Beals of The Hill reported that “David Conners, a Clayton County corrections officer, was stopped and handcuffed by a Fayetteville police officer while he…

Walgreens exterior

Walgreens Planning Virtual Summit To Promote Supplier Diversity

National pharmaceutical giant Walgreens (No. 39 on the DiversityInc Top 50 list) has announced an upcoming supplier diversity summit designed to help the country’s numerous diverse businesses and entrepreneurs promote their businesses and offerings.  Business news site Retail Info Systems (RIS) reported that the virtual event, scheduled for April 5th…

Boeing CEO David Calhoun Provides ESG and Supply Chain Update in Message to Employees

Originally published at boeing.mediaroom.com. Boeing Company ranked No. 17 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun shared the following message with employees addressing the company’s fourth-quarter results: As we share our fourth-quarter results, I want to thank you for your hard work and…