Halifax woman charged during 2021 shelter protest not guilty on two of four charges – Halifax

A woman accused of a*saulting three police officers during an anti-housing protest in Halifax has been found not guilty on two of four charges.

Natasha Angélique Danais was acquitted Tuesday of a*sault charges against two police officers, but she was found guilty of obstruction and an a*sault charge related to the removal of another officer’s medical mask.

Danais had denied intentionally kicking two officers during the August 18, 2021 protest, saying she was avoiding “the kicks and stomps” that were coming at her.

At the time, city workers were trying to demolish a homeless shelter in front of the old Halifax Public Library, and Danais was among the protesters Halifax police were pushing back.

Danais, who now lives in British Columbia, participated in Tuesday’s court proceedings via video link and is scheduled to return to provincial court Jan. 10 for sentencing before Judge Kelly Serbu.

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His lawyer, Asaf Rashid, says it is too early to say whether there will be an appeal in the case.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published September 20, 2023.

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