North Dakota Inmate Charged With Assault Says He Was Provoked By Racial Slur, Farting

A North Dakota inmate who’s been charged with assaulting another inmate said he was incited by both flatulence and racism.

Ahmed Nur Adan has been charged with felony assault after allegedly knocking out Timothy Lowseth during an altercation earlier this week at the county jail in Fargo, N.D.

According to the Fargo Forum, Adan’s punch left Lowseth unconscious and without a front tooth, but the alleged assailant said he was provoked.

From the Forum:

Adan said for the past three days, Lowseth had been pushing Adan’s buttons by coming into his cell and farting, then leaving.
He confronted Lowseth about the repeated farting, asking him if Adan had a personal problem with him or with his skin color.
That was when Lowseth swore at him and called him by a racial slur, Adan said. He thought Lowseth was about to “sock” him, so he got to him first, he told the detective.

(Photo via Shutterstock / Filipe Matos Frazao)

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