NYPD Reportedly Beat Occupier, Ignored Her Apparent Seizure
Posted on Mar 21, 2012
Occupiers are accusing New York police officers of beating and neglecting a woman who had a seizure after being handcuffed during the breakup of the movement’s six-month anniversary party in Zuccotti Park on Saturday night.
Observers say police are becoming more aggressive and using intimidation tactics in order to keep what has become a quiet political movement from returning with the force it displayed last fall. —ARK
Ryan Devereaux at The Guardian:
[Cecily] McMillan was one of at least 73 people arrested Saturday, and videos and eyewitness accounts of her detention suggest she had a seizure while in police custody at the park. In multiple videos McMillan is seen writhing on the ground with her hands cuffed behind her back.
Bystanders are heard screaming at police to call an ambulance and remove her handcuffs, while a number of officers are seen standing around her convulsing body. Numerous witnesses told the Guardian that McMillan’s head was unsupported throughout the incident and claimed her skull repeatedly struck the pavement.