A violent #Occupy protester, Cecily McMillan, was convicted today for assaulting a police officer after her arrest in early 2012.
The incident was caught on tape.
John Sexton at Breitbart reported:
Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan has been convicted by a jury in New York of assaulting a police officer and faces up to seven years in prison. McMillan’s trial stems from an incident in early 2012 when protesters had gathered in Zuccotti Park to celebrate the 6-month anniversary of the Occupy movement.
After the guilty verdict was reached the judge ordered McMillan remanded while awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for May 19th. The Guardian reports the decision was met with shouts of “shame” from McMillan’s supporters inside the courtroom.
McMillan was convicted of striking police Officer Grantley Bovell in the face with her elbow on March 17, 2012. That date was the 6-month anniversary of the start of the Occupy protests. The protests had ended in mid-November when police cleared out Zuccotti Park. Some protesters returned to Zuccotti Park in March with the intention of re-occupying it.
McMillan claimed she was not there protesting that day but only to meet up with friends before going out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But when police began clearing the park she became engaged in resisting their efforts. When Officer Bovell asked her to leave she complied initially. As he followed her out, McMillan crouched down then lunged backwards with her elbow catching Bovell in the face. McMillan’s attorney claimed she was responding to being groped and that she did not know the person behind her was a police officer.
After she was arrested, McMillan claimed to have had a seizure on the sidewalk. The seizure incident made international news when it occurred. A few days later, McMillan appeared on the show Democracy Now to show her bruises, allegedly caused by police. The Guardian reports that during the trial prosecutors pointed out that two different hospitals examined McMillan the night of the incident and neither one had noticed any bruises. They suggested McMillan had caused the bruises herself.