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DalMed researcher pushes towards anti‑racism classes for man arrested during protest

Posted by Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick on July 20, 2020 in Media Highlights

Juliana Prestes said she was heartbroken when she saw a video on social media of a man making racist comments during a Moncton rally against racism and racist violence earlier this month, and she believes education is part of the solution. 

Prestes, a Saint John resident originally from Brazil, said she is working with community groups such as Black Lives Matter, the Black History Society and PRUDE Inc., and calling for racial ethics and Black history classes to be made part of the sentence if a 47-year-old man is convicted for his actions during the protest. 

Staff Sgt. Patricia Levesque of the Codiac Regional RCMP said in a previous interview the man was arrested for inciting hatred when the peaceful protest march passed an apartment building at the corner of Gordon and Weldon streets on June 1. 

Levesque said RCMP received a complaint following the demonstration from a resident who lives along the route, and police will confirm with the Crown prosecutor if charges will be laid once the investigation is complete. 

Cpl. Mike Titus of the Codiac RCMP said on Wednesday there are no new details to release to the public about the investigation, and he is unsure of the man's court date or if charges have been laid.

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