Cecily McMillan, a graduate student and Occupy Wall Street activist, faces up to seven years in jail for assaulting a New York police officer in 2012. A jury found her guilty today, and a sentencing hearing is set for May 19.
According to the Guardian:
McMillan denied the charge. She claimed that she swung her arm back instinctively only after having one of her breasts grabbed from behind while she was walking out of the park. Her lawyers showed photographs of bruising to her chest to support this. They said McMillan did not know that [Officer Grantley] Bovell was a police officer, and did not intend to hurt him.
Testifying, McMillan said that she had “no memory” of the moment her elbow struck Bovell. “I’m really sorry that officer got hurt,” she said. She has said that she suffered a seizure or anxiety attack after being arrested and subsequently received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Her lawyers stressed throughout the trial that she was a moderate left-wing political activist who had urged her fellow Occupy members to pursue a path of non-violent engagement with the state.
Supporters of McMillan are planning to meet in New York’s Zuccotti Park Monday afternoon to protest the verdict.
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