BLM Protester Spat in Cop’s Face: Walks Free Because She Apologised
A Black Lives Matter protester who spat in the face of a police officer in London was set free by Westminster Magistrates’ court because she “apologised”.
Halina Kaszycka-Williams, 31, pleaded guilty to spitting in the face of PC Sam Franks during a Black Lives Matter march on May 31st in Notting Hill. She was also found to be in possession of cocaine at the time.
Kaszycka-Williams only received a conditional discharge and a fine for the cocaine possession.
Announcing his decision, Magistrate Andrew Hammond told the defendant: “I hope you recognise we are treating you more leniently than even your own advocate suggested.”
“We note your apology… and the community work we have been told you do,” Hammond said.
“Because of that mitigation… we think it is just in this instance acceptable for you to be dealt with by way of a conditional discharge by way of the offence of beating an emergency worker.”
A written statement from the Black Lives Matter protester — who appeared in court dressed in all black — apparently attempted to curry favour with the court by outlining the supposed systemic racism she has experienced.
“I have witnessed the effects of systemic racism my entire life,” she said, adding: “As a black woman, witnessing the death of so many other black people was a deeply traumatic time for me. There were years of anger and hurt and disrespect I had not reacted to until that day.”
“With the stress of the perpetual news cycle on Covid-19 and mass protests…. my mental health was already at breaking point,” she explained, saying: “I would like to apologise.”
Only 23 people, including Kaszycka-Williams, were arrested at the mass gathering. She was granted a 12-month conditional discharge and was fined £565 for possession of a class A drug.