Cecily McMillan could get up to seven years on her conviction of hitting a plainclothes policeman who grabbed her in Zuccotti Park. The persecution of the Occupy activist has become emblematic of the state’s use of the courts to criminalize nonviolent dissent and try to crush new mass movements.
The Occupy Wall Street organizer, whom Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges profiled last month, was convicted Monday on charges of “assaulting” an NYPD officer who grabbed her breast as he removed her from a protest. She faces up to seven years in prison.
As an Occupy Wall Street activist goes to trial on charges of assaulting a police officer, author and lawyer Chase Madar asks what the rights to freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and freedom from warrantless search are worth in the United States today.
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.