Ashanti Smith is sharing her story exclusively with Leah Henry about what took place near the Capitol on January 6th. In a viral video, Smith was a part of a mob that turned violent and was seen punching a woman in the face.
Smith claims it was self-defense as the mob hurled racial slurs at her, she says she felt like her life was in danger. Ashanti has been charged with assault but despite reports, has not been fired from her job, just suspended while the case is being investigated. Watch the full interview to hear her side of that viral video.