WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A handful of people were protesting Tuesday on Courthouse Square in Warren, hoping to put an end to racism.
The protest was in response to a fight caught on camera in August, showing Alesia Code and her nephew, David Boss, assaulting her neighbors outside of her apartment building off North Park Avenue.
Code says the attack came after years of racist comments and threats from them, and a stalking order against the female neighbor.
Right before the altercation, Code was holding a sign that calls her neighbors racist. She had the same sign at Tuesday’s protest.
“This is a sign that I’ve been carrying for two years,” she said. “No one wants to address this, so I’m standing out here making it public once more.”
In the surveillance footage, the neighbors approach Code and things quickly turn violent.
“Now the charges are pending on me about this issue that someone should have took care of a long time ago,” Code said. “I’m very upset that it came to that because she’s an older lady.”
Her issue is that she’s facing charges even though she has a stalking order against the female neighbor, and had one prior to the fight.
“I think because of the improper and incompetent action of the legal system in dealing with the issue, that it caused the issue to escalate,” said organizer Dr. Scott Bell.
Capt. Robert Massucci says that Warren Police Department is handling the case appropriately, but wishes more could have been done so that the feud didn’t come to a violent fight.
“I don’t want even the perception to be out there that we’re a racist police department because that is not true whatsoever.”
Code is due back in court Thursday for another hearing and says she plans on moving away from her neighbors.