February 7, 2014
Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan goes to trial on felony charges –
May face 7 years in prison for being assaulted by NYPD officers
New York– Cecily McMillan was brutally arrested at an event marking the 6 month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on March 17, 2012. In the course of her arrest she sustained a violent police beating resulting in bruised ribs and a seizure. Cecily was hospitalized for those injuries. The egregious incident received extensive media coverage.
Cecily was later charged with felony assault of a police officer, Assault 2nd degree, a Class D felony in NY, which carries that sentence of up to 7 years in prison.
A jury trial is set for Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10 AM in Manhattan Criminal Court, 100 Centre St., part 41, Room 1116.
“The main issue here,” says Martin R. Stolar, McMillan’s attorney, “is the heavy-handed, over-policing by the NYPD during the Occupy Wall Street
protests, which lead to crimes where none existed. It was a normal reaction for a woman to react, to be startled after having her right breast grabbed.” Rebecca Heinegg will be co-counsel with Stolar at trial.
According to the National Lawyers Guild, this is also one of the last OWS-related court cases left on the docket.