After a three year legal battle, a verdict was finally delivered in the trial of Cecily Mcmillan, a leader of Occupy Wall Street protests. Prior to the verdict being announced, the court room was filled with police officers, in anticipation of anger from the public.
Mcmillan, was was found guilty, is chairwoman of the Young Democratic Socialists of America. She charged stemmed from when she was violently arrested on March 17th, 2011. Kim Froczek, an Occupy Wall Street activist described what happened.
Many Occupy Wall Street activists and legal experts feel she did not receive a fair trial. After being convicted, Mcmillan was taken directly to the Correctional Facility on Riker’s Island. On May 19th she will be sentenced to between two and seven years in prison.
Surviving police brutality and sexual assault is not a crime! Free Cecily NOW!
Saturday, March 15 - 1pm
Gather at Herald Square, 34th Street & Broadway, Manhattan
What: Support an OWS demonstrator facing 7 years in prison after being sexually assaulted by a police officer.
When: Every morning, 10 a.m., from Monday, February 10th to Wednesday the 12th. (Best day to come: Tuesday)
Where: Manhattan Criminal Court, 100 Centre St., part 41, Room 1116
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. People are encouraged to come and support her. Please wear business casual per request of her team.
“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."
KNOW YOUR ENEMIES: Chicago undercover police officer Nadia Chikko, aka “Gloves” testifies on Wednesday during the #NATO3 trial that “The department does not allow me to work undercover” because “my face being all over the internet.” Chikko (right) and her partner, undercover Chicago police officer Mehmet Uygun, who posed as “Mo.”
Via Richard Reilly
New York City: People’s Power Assembly Martin Luther King Day Protest, January 20, 2014.
As part of its campaign for low wage workers, PPA marched to Staples, Wendy’s and Burlington Coat Factory to demand a livable wage. The Rude Mechanical Orchestra added their awesome music.
Photos and report by Brenda Sandburg
Trenton, New Jersey: Camp #SandyGate
“#SandyGate #OccupyChristie is a four-day occupation, in 20 degree weather, Jan. 18 through Gov. Christy’s swearing-in on Jan. 21, 2014. If people think the Bridge thing is a scandal, wait til our Hurricane Sandy Survivors get to telling their stories about Christy funneling the relief $$$ to the wealthy, and BURNING the Working Class & poor folks.”
Photos and report by Bill Perry
New York City: Protesters gather at the inauguration of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, January 1, 2014.
A few dozen hearty souls from New Yorkers Against Bratton, ACT UP and Occupy Wall St. came out to protest at the inauguration of New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio. They came to slam de Blasio’s choice of racist stop-and-frisk advocate Bill Bratton to head the NYPD, his lack of a plan to fight HIV/AIDS, and remind the city of the many ambitious promises he made to get the votes of poor and working people. De Blasio was sworn in before a who’s who of neoliberal politicians, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo.
Bill de Blasio, NYC’s new Trotskyite Sandinista Commandant, was an outspoken supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement and many of the progressive values it espoused. He spoke at Zuccotti Park in October of 2011, and heralded the activists for dragging “the growing crisis of income inequality out into the light of day.” He called Bloomberg’s decision to evict the occupation in the dead of night "troubling" and said he would have let the protest “play out.” His police commissioner, however, would have swept that park clean as soon as the first twinkle fingers hit the air.
Capital New York reports that incoming NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, known for his “broken windows” approach to law enforcement during the Giuliani administration, told a former New York City official that if he were commissioner during Occupy Wall Street he would have “cleared them out right away.” And during a speech in Manhattan last year, Bratton bluntly stated that ”You can’t allow people to occupy public space.”
Bill de Blasio’s transition team did not respond to our request for comment on Bratton’s Occupy Wall Street remarks. But it’s not just Occupy Wall Street supporters who may be disappointed by our new commissioner’s fascist disregard for the Constitutional right to freedom of assembly. Although the NYCLU tentatively embraced de Blasio’s choice for commissioner yesterday, Bratton has been an enthusiastic supporter of the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic. In an interview with the New Yorker earlier this year, Bratton “emphatically endorsed” stop-and-frisk.