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The white woman who spit on the black protestor was given probation

The Associated Press reports that a white woman who spit on a Black woman during a protest in Connecticut was sentenced to probation.

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The Associated Press reports that a white woman who spit on a Black woman during a protest in Connecticut was sentenced to probation. 

Keren Prescott and her friend, who are representatives of BLM, attended a protest in January in which groups of people were protesting a variety of causes. A heated argument ensued between the participants when Yuliya Gishteyn allegedly responded, “All lives matter,” in response to cries of “Black lives matter.”. Gishteyn was told to keep her distance by Prescott, who spit at her face since she did not have a mask on. 

Gishteyn had been initially charged with breach of peace, but after reviewing video from the encounter, the charges were increased to include rights deprivation, attempted assault in the third degree, first-degree reckless endangerment, and risk of injuring a child. 

At a hearing on Wednesday (July 21), Judge Sheila Prats Hartford Superior Court determined that the white woman will be sentenced to a probationary period designated for first-time offenders only. 

In accordance with the terms of the contract, Gishteyn must complete 100 hours of anti-hate training within two years. The charges will be thrown out after completion of the curriculum, leaving her with no criminal record. 

Despite being out of character, Gishteyn apologized for her actions. In response to his disappointment with the judge’s decision, Prescott blamed Prats’ decision on “white privilege.” 

According to the Hartford Courant, “When she attacked me and the police didn’t believe me, that was all white privilege.” “I was held back by the police, and she was taken away, that was white privilege…The fact that she was in here today and did not even get slapped on the wrist is indicative of white privilege.” 

Prats disagreed with Prescott’s argument, stating that her decision to grant probation to Gishteyn was solely based on the fact that her actions weren’t deemed serious enough to prevent entry into the program. 

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