White woman granted probation for spitting on Black woman
HARTFORD (Conn.) — A white woman was arrested for spitting on a Black woman at a Connecticut protest. She was released Wednesday to begin a special probation program that could result in her having no criminal record.
Yuliya Gilshteyn 45 was given accelerated treatment, a probation program designed specifically for first-time offenders. In addition, she was ordered to complete 100 hour anti-hate curriculum within the next two years.
If she successfully completes the classes and fulfills the other terms of the program, all charges will be dismissed. Aside from the hate crime charge, she was also accused of third-degree assault and first-degree reckless injury to a child.
The spitting happened during large protests outside of the state Capitol on Jan. 6, just as there was an insurrection at U.S. Capitol. Video shows Gilshteyn attacking mandatory childhood vaccinations and spitting upon Keren Prescott, an activist for Black Lives Matter. On the first day of the new legislative session, several groups rallied in support of various causes.
Initially, Gilshteyn received a charge of breach of peaceful, but these charges were elevated after the prosecutors looked at video footage of the incident from WTNH TV.
Hartford Superior Court Judge Sheila Prats said she did not intend to send a political message with her ruling Wednesday, but that Gilshteyn’s actions were not serious enough to deny her entry into the program.
The Hartford Courant reported Gilshteyn apologizing to Prescott during hearing and stating that her attack on Prescott was “completely out-of-character.”
But Prescott called the ruling “the epitome of white privilege.”
“When she attacked my body and the police didn’t believe me, that’s white privilege,” she said to the Courant. “White privilege is when I was held back by police and taken away,” she said. … She was not even given a slap on their wrist for being here today. That is white privilege.