People are outraged after a bystander video emerged that shows a 6-foot-5, 250-pound white man punching an 11-year-old black girl in the face

WGHPVideo surfaced over the weekend of a white man punching a black girl in the face, causing her to fall to the ground.
  • David Steven Bell, 51, was arrested on Saturday on a charge of assaulting a child under the age of 12.
  • A video surfaced over the weekend that appears to show Bell pushing and then punching an 11-year-old black girl in the face outside the Asheville Mall in North Carolina.
  • Following the incident, two other 13-year-old girls came forward and said Bell had pushed them in the altercation as well.

A video of a middle-aged white man punching an 11-year-old black girl in the face has sparked outrage online.

The 40-second clip, also posted by Fox 8, appears to show an altercation outside the Asheville Mall in North Carolina on Saturday night.

It’s unclear what sparked the fight, but the video shows the girl speaking to the man and him pushing her away. The shove causes her to take several steps back, and she responds by charging back at him. Then he punches her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground, where she remains motionless for the rest of the clip.

Asheville Police later identified the man as 51-year-old David Steven Bell. In the incident report, it’s noted that Bell is 6-foot-5-inches tall and 250 pounds.

An off-duty police officer arrested Bell, and he was later charged with assaulting a child under the age of 12, which is a misdemeanour, according to arrest warrants obtained by the Citizen Times.

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David steven bellAsheville Police DepartmentPolice later identified the suspect in the case as 51-year-old David Steven Bell.

Following his arrest, two 13-year-old girls went to the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Office and said Bell had pushed them as well during the fight.

Police spokesperson Christina Hallingse told the Citizen Times on Monday that Bell received two additional charges of assault on a female in connection to these claims. Those charges are misdemeanours as well.

Bell is due in court on February 5.

Asheville Mall spokesperson Catharine Wells said in an email to the Citizen Times that the mall’s parent company, CBL Properties, is reviewing the incident.

She said that the mall has “a number of security measures in place” to protect visitors and that “all” illegal activity is banned on the premises.

“Some measures are visible to the public and others are not,” she said. “In addition to maintaining a full-time professional security team, we partner with the Asheville Police Department and hire off-duty officers to patrol the interior and exterior of the property.”

The video quickly went viral online, where people accused the man of racism. It was reshared by journalist Shaun King and comedian D.L. Hughley.^tfw

Many said the man could have easily walked away from the girl, who did not appear to be a physical threat to him.

Other commentators thought it was suspect that the man was only charged with a misdemeanour for something they thought was a more serious crime.

INSIDER reached out to Bell for comment on Tuesday but did not receive a response.

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