Barrie police have charged a 30-year-old woman in connection with an assault that occurred on Maple Avenue, in which the Downtown BIA said in a Twitter post was a “racially motivated” attack on a community advocate.
The BIA said it came to their attention that on Friday morning, an individual stopped her car in front of Shak’s World downtown and verbally and physically assaulted Shanicka Edwards.
She is the founder of Shak’s World Community Centre.
.@DowntownBarrie is a welcoming place that gets its strength from the resiliency of its people.— Downtown Barrie BIA (@DowntownBarrie) December 4, 2021
We support those who build our community up, & condemn those that tear it down.
As a result of today’s racist incident, we are pledging a $500 sponsorship donation to Shak’s World pic.twitter.com/00QAyq9bBL
“The centre works with youth to nurture physical and mental wellness through after-school programs and provides mentorship for Black youth in our city,” said the BIA, in a statement posted to Twitter.
The BIA has pledged a $500 sponsorship donation to Shak’s World.
Police said they searched extensively for the suspect throughout the day and evening, and on Friday night, she was arrested on an unrelated matter by Orillia OPP. The woman was returned to Barrie and has been charged with assault, assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and failing to comply with probation in relation to the earlier reported incident on Maple Avenue. She is being held for a bail hearing that is to take place on Saturday.
BIA Secretary-Treasurer Sarah Jansen condemned the attack.
“Downtown Barrie is a welcoming place that gets its strength from the resiliency of its people,” said Jansen, in a statement. “We support those who build our community up, and condemn those that tear it down.”
A video of the incident shows a woman getting out of her car, and who then begins to scream profanities and racial slurs.