69-year-old woman allegedly punched in face by Trump supporter outside NC rally

A 69-year-old woman was punched in face outside a rally by Trump supporter. (Photo credit: Matt Price, Fairview)

UPDATE: With regard to the following story, Buncombe County court documents show the charge was dismissed April 21, 2017, through prosecutorial discretion, after consultation with the victim and review of the case. A lawyer for Richard Campbell tells News 13 that Mr. Campbell did not do anything illegal or offensive and the victim’s allegations were a hoax.


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) - Police say they arrested five people at Donald Trump's rally Monday night in Asheville, and as of publishing have warrants out for two more people.

Police plan to arrest Richard Campbell of Edisto Island, South Carolina for assault on a female.

That female is 69-year-old Shirley Teter.

She has protested her whole life, she said. Now, she adds Trump's campaign to the list of things she's protested against.

"Why did I get involved yesterday, at my age? Because I ran into another situation that was sickening my heart," she said Tuesday afternoon, outside Cafe 64 in downtown Asheville.

Protesters met Trump supporters before the rally, and Teter was having fun.

"Whenever groups of them would start chanting 'Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!' I would chant back, 'Dump! Dump! Dump! Dump!' It was kind of comical," Teter said.

After the rally, Teter experienced something she had never seen in all of her protests. Peace teetered over into something else.

She claims she was allegedly assaulted.

She says she fell on her oxygen tank and has sore ribs, a sore jaw, and cut her elbow. She later went to the hospital and is thankful she did not break any bones.

Police said they didn't make an arrest because officers didn't witness the punch.

Teter thanked the police for giving her a ride home. She said they were wonderful.

Many people expressed concerns for Teter on social media, and to those folks she says, "Thank you."

After our interview, Teter called News 13. She wanted to add one more thing, a question.


RETRACTION: To the extent we ever reported, as fact, that Mr. Campbell punched or otherwise made illegal contact with the alleged victim, we retract such statements. We merely sought to report on his arrest and allegations made in connection therewith. We apologize for any confusion.

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