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Mayor Nancy Dicks of New Glasgow has been charged with assault in connection with an incident on Sept. 27, 2020.

She is scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on Sept. 14.

The incident last year is alleged to have occurred during a public event when Black Lives Matter was painted on Provost Street in downtown New Glasgow.

New Glasgow Regional Police Service transferred the case to Cape Breton Regional Police, whose investigation ended in July.

“We transferred the case to the Cape Breton Regional Police for the sake of transparency and to avoid a conflict of interest,” New Glasgow Police Const. Ken MacDonald said.

Dicks was not present and was represented by defence attorney Paul Neifer of Stan MacDonald and Associates on Aug. 23 during a scheduled session at Pictou Provincial Court.

Deputy Mayor Fred El-Haddad acknowledged on Monday that Dicks has been charged.

“Mayor Dicks has stepped down from her role as chairperson and West Side representative of the New Glasgow Police Commission,” he said. “As of right now, the matter is before the courts and the town will await the court’s decision.”