Protesters attack judge's decision giving special probation to white woman who spit on Prescott

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Jul. 22—HARTFORD — A small group of protesters gathered outside Hartford Superior Court on Thursday in support of activist Keren Prescott and Black women.

The protest came a day after a judge granted a special probationary program to the woman accused of spitting on Prescott during a rally at the Capitol in January.

The group brought along signs, painted messages on the ground, and chanted "justice for Keren," and "protect Black women."

The woman accused of spitting on Prescott, Yuliya Gilshteyn, 45, was granted accelerated rehabilitation, and will have to complete 100 hours of anti-hate curriculum over the next two years to complete the probationary program.

Michael Oretade, president of Black Lives Matter 860, said he doesn't believe justice was served in the case.

"If we don't protect Keren, if we don't defend Keren, then who is going to defend Keren?" Oretade asked aloud.

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