Cecily McMillan, the Ocuppy Wall Street activist who suffered seizures after a violent encounter with cops in Zuccotti Park in 2012, goes to trial this week, and faces up to seven years in jail. The crime is the assault of a police officer; she allegedly elbowed a cop after he grabbed her breast during the protests. McMillan was hospitalized with cuts and bruises after the incident, and reportedly received substandard care for her seizure from cops on the scene.
ANIMAL took video of McMillan’s arrest back in 2012.
“The main issue here is the heavy-handed, over-policing by the NYPD during the Occupy Wall Street protests, which lead to crimes where none existed,” Martin R. Stolar, McMillan’s attorney, told Sparrow Media. “It was a normal reaction for a woman to react, to be startled after having her right breast grabbed.”