Halina Kaszycka-Williams, 31, pleaded guilty to spitting in the face of PC Sam Franks during a BLM march on May 31st in Notting Hill. She was also found to be in possession of cocaine at the time. She received only a conditional discharge and a fine for the cocaine possession.
In his decision, the magistrate told the defendant, “I hope you recognize 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,” he continued. “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 offense of beating an emergency worker.”
“I have witnessed the effects of systemic racism my entire life,” Kaszycka-Williams whined in a written statement. “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 added. “I would like to apologize.”
The lawyer representing Kaszycka-Williams claimed her client merely meant to “spit on PC Frank’s back” rather than on his face. “It was her intention to humiliate the officer almost akin to sticking a sign on his back – something others can see but not him,” she explained.
Oh, well that’s all right, then.