Fight Video Mom Says She Was Attacked
Monday, 23 Jun 2008, 4:28 PM CDT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WHBQ FOX13 myfoxmemphis.com) --
The Memphis woman at the center of a video-taped beating now says she's the victim. FOX13 first aired the video Thursday. By Friday, the woman at the center of it, 30-year-old Kimberly Williams, was in a local hospital. She claims she was attacked by her own neighbors in retaliation.
"She told her son to hit the boy with the ball and he did," said Williams' neighbor Demale McVay. "She told him to attack him and he did. When she saw her son was getting beat down, she jumped on the boy and started hitting him."
After our story first aired Thursday, Memphis police issued an arrest warrant for Williams for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and assault.
But FOX13 has learned from a police report filed Friday, Williams is not only wanted for assault. Memphis police say she may be an assault victim herself.
"The common word is 'retaliation,'" said Det. Monique Martin, of the Memphis Police Department. "Oftentimes citizens are upset with what the see."
Williams told police she was attacked on Friday by a mob of 40 people in her apartment complex. She said it was a measure of retaliation for what they saw on FOX13 the day before.
There are several versions of every story and McVay said the one Williams told police isn't all true.
"She got whooped," he said. "The whole family got whooped because they came over here and put their hands on the wrong person."
McVay said Williams was angry that the video got out and she, along with what McVay called an entourage, started a full blown brawl in the apartment complex.
"The whole apartment complex came out, and they brought it," he said. "It was just a brawl."
Whatever the cause, Memphis police said it's unacceptable.
"It complicates the law system because what we're now looking for is a suspect who is also a victim and we do not urge anyone to take the law into their own hands," said Martin.
MCVay, who said he did not participate in the retaliation, said it's just a simple case of street justice.
"What goes around comes around," he said. "That's how I look at it."
As of right now, Williams is not in police custody. Once she's arrested, police said she could press charges against the people she said attacked her.
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