With the country still reeling from the racially motivated shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, a Texas woman caused a stir online after posting photos of what turned out to be a fake racist attack on her on Facebook page.
Now identified as Ashley Casey Martin, the Texarkana resident claimed she got “jumped” by three black men at a local Walmart.
In her now-deleted Facebook post, she wrote, “Just got jumped by 3 African Americans ourside of the as Walmart they are in a white ford 150 extended cab. Arkansas tags. They hit me inside Walmart and were cussing. I was very polite and asked them to lower their voices and the cuss words in front of my 3 year old daughter and this is the outcome. What has the world come to...”
However, since the injuries in the accompanying photographs (posted above) were less than convincing, her lies were eventually exposed.
The Texarkana Police Department later stated on Facebook that they “believe the post to be fake” and the injuries “are highly questionable.” But the police’s statement was deleted after they learned she was “emotionally disturbed.”
“I was just informed by my social media manager that he was contacted by a friend of the original poster. We were informed that she is emotionally disturbed and that they are attempting to get her the assistance that she needs. We have removed the post to avoid contributing to her difficult struggle,” the department told The Daily Dot.
After the woman’s bizarre story went viral with people questioning as to why she didn’t file a police report, Martin posted another photo on her now-offline Instagram account along with the following description:
“Here is your police report. Sorry I got jumped by three African American young men. I have 2 black eyes and nose still is bleeding, and somehow I am in the wrong. Enough for people to say it was makeup, how embarassing and very rude quite frankly. I don't want you pitty (sic) attention anything. I'm just warning there are dangerous people in Texarkana be careful. They did this to me for no reason in front of my 3 year old. At Texas side Walmart."
The Daily Dot reports it contacted the Texarkana Walmart where the alleged racist attack on Martin took place and found that “no incidents had been reported there within the past week.”