Winnetka pier video: Northfield woman Irene Donoshaytis gets probation after confrontation with Black man turned violent

Winnetka pier video: Northfield woman Irene Donoshaytis gets probation after confrontation with Black man turned violent

WINNETKA, Sick. (TOC) — A suburban Northfield lady has obtained one 12 months probation after a plea deal was made for a hate crime cost.

Irene Donoshaytis was charged in August of 2020 after she confronted a Black man on a pier in Winnetka.

WATCH | Winnetka pier confrontation recorded by sufferer

That disagreement turned bodily and the sufferer alleged it was racially motivated.

The state amended the hate crime cost for Donoshaytis to 1 rely of misdemeanor battery after she pleaded responsible and accomplished an anti-racism class.

The alleged sufferer caught the confrontation on digicam as he ended a 15-mile bike journey.

Otis Campbell, 25, mentioned he and his buddies had been at Tower Pier close to the Winnetka Seashore for lower than 5 minutes when a lady instructed them they needed to depart.

“I must see your passes,” the lady will be heard saying on the video.

“As quickly as she instructed us that we would have liked passes and we couldn’t be right here, that is Winnetka and he or she pays to be right here and that is America, I took it upon myself to start out recording her,” Campbell mentioned.

The now-viral video captured 65-year-old Donoshaytis confronting Campbell, questioning whether or not the group had seaside passes.

“There was a number of folks coming down the pier doing precisely what we did,” Campbell mentioned. “The one distinction was that they had been white and we had been Black. She mentioned that we weren’t American, that we would have liked to return to the place we belong from, she mentioned we pay to be right here.”

The 2 alerted the worker on obligation who defined that the realm the place Campbell was sitting is public property.

“They’ll sit there. Would you like me to name my supervisor?” the worker will be heard saying on the video.

Campbell, a first-generation U.S. citizen and Skokie resident, believes this was a racially-motivated incident.

On the video, Donoshaytis asks Campbell: “Do you need to kill me?”

He responds: “No. Why would I need to kill you? Is it as a result of I’m Black?”

“Sure,” Donoshaytis mentioned.

The argument turned bodily when Campbell says Donoshaytis hit him.

“Irene circled and hit me twice – a number of instances – on digicam,” he mentioned.

Winnetka police responded and the 65-year-old was arrested and charged with battery.

“She was nonetheless saying we can’t be there, nonetheless saying that we would have liked passes, whereas being handcuffed – all occurring whereas folks had been coming to the pier,” Campbell mentioned.

Campbell mentioned the lady’s actions had been hurtful and he needs she would have simply left them alone.

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