Woman's Breast Grabbed From Behind By Cop Facing 7 Yrs

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by Andy Downs, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. Andy Downs Member

    Cecily McMillan had her breast grabbed from behind by a NYC cop during Occupy Wall Street

    She swung around not knowing who did it and elbowed a cop. The cop, plus friends beat her until she was unconscious and seizing on the street.

    Now she faces 7 years for assaulting a police officer.

    I can't believe this has not been out there more. She goes on trial Monday March 3rd

    Visit Drop The Charges Against Cecily McMillan and send a tweet, @ManhattanDA, or call the New York District Attorney, (212) 335-9000, urging him to not prosecute Cecily McMillan. Let them know the public is watching this case closely.
    Also, visit the support page for Cecily McMillan, Justice for Cecily, to find out what else you can do.
    And, if you can be in court in New York City on March 3 please do so. The case will be heard at 9:30 AM at 100 Centre Street, New York, NY, United States Room 1333 part 31, arrive early.
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  2. White Tara Global Moderator

    Sigh. This^ or things like this, make an attitude shift even less likely :(

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  3. Andy Downs Member

    Well watch this YouTube video of a Marine at Occupy Wall Street as he is talking to them about hurting people with no guns. Look closely at the expressions on some of the cops faces. This Marine got to a few of them.

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  9. GilRenard Member

    this gave me chills..
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  11. Andy Downs Member

    April 7 jury selection begins in the trial of Cecily McMillan
    If you are in NYC try to be there and help get the word out if you are not
  12. GilRenard Member

    wish they set a date sooner, am going to try and get off of work and venture up.
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  13. GilRenard Member

    gave my sister the information in case i can not get off and she can get up there.
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  14. Andy Downs Member

    Cecily McMillan Court Update
    Cecily’s case was in court once again today for jury selection! We are now up to 7 jurors, and we only need 9 more (the jury is 16 people - 12 jurors and 4 alternates). Cecily’s lawyers were able to once again bring up their desire to mention Officer Bovell’s history of violent conduct and gained permission to question him about it, which is really good for us. Even for a cop, he’s pretty bad.
    Cecily will not be in court tomorrow! It’s Judge Zweibel’s calendar day, which means that he gets to see other cases and all of Cecily’s supporters get to do things like go to work and sleep (and spend some time outside the oppressive apparatus of the court system). She will be back in on Friday to finish jury selection and begin opening arguments, so plan on coming then! It will be a very powerful statement if once the jury is chosen and go to sit in their section of the courtroom, the first thing they see is a courtroom filled with people there to say that Cecily is innocent.
    Thanks to all who have come out to support her in the past few days, it really means a lot.

    Love and solidarity forever,
    The Justice for Cecily Support Team
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  15. Andy Downs Member

    Key Ruling: Defense Can Ask About Officer Bovell’s Past Violent Conduct

    The trial of Cecily McMillan – a prosecution that should not even be taking place – is in recess today and about half way through jury selection. (We have been covering Cecily’s prosecution regularly, previous stories can be seen here.) Below is a report on how the first few days of the process went.
    Justice for Cecily summarizes the situation:
    “We are now up to 7 jurors, and we only need 9 more (the jury is 16 people – 12 jurors and 4 alternates). Cecily’s lawyers were able to once again bring up their desire to mention Officer Bovell’s history of violent conduct and gained permission to question him about it, which is really good for us. Just like anyone, there are good police, and there are bad police… and this one is pretty bad.”
    Cecily-Meme-Drop-the-charges-e1397139016786.png The judge had been ruling that the defense would not be able to question Bovell about his history and even threatening her attorney Marty Stolar with contempt of court if he asked about it. The defense continued to find ways to raise the issue and finally got a little leeway to bring Bovell’s history up. Bovell has been accused in four previous incidents of violence. We also hope Cecily’s lawyers will bring up Bovell’s involvement in the Bronx ticket fixing scandal for which he was reprimanded.
    Bovell’s history is critically important because the prosecution is essentially a one witness case. Nothing has been provided to the defense during the pre-trial phase indicating there is any witness to the initial conflict between Bovell and Cecily. Video tape shows police beating up Cecily after the initial incident, but there is no tape of the initial encounter. Cecily claims that she was aggressively grabbed from behind by someone clenching her right breast and she instinctively reacted swinging her elbow around and hitting the person in the face. It turned out to be Officer Bovell. Cecily’s story is confirmed by photos of her bruises taken by her doctor. If the jury believes Cecily and not Bovell, there was no crime because there was no intent to assault the officer.
    We don’t have much information on the jurors selected so far, from twitter the following has been reported:
    View attachment Cecily-McMillans-lawyers-outside-courthouse-Marty-
    Cecily McMillan’s lawyers outside courthouse Marty Stolar and Rebecca Heinegg.
    - Jury selection is taking awhile and both sides are trying to meld the jury into something more “fair” [From Shay Horse who is tweeting from court]
    - Update Marty Stolar is doing an amazing cross examination, asking questions to the Jurors waiting to be selected [From Casper OWS who is tweeting from court]. Cecily’s other attorney is Rebecca Heinegg was also questioning potential jurors.
    - Cecily’s lawyer put on record that 2 of the jurors that were black were taken out by the prosecution. [From Global Revolution which has been reporting on the case via twitter]
    - Interesting, a few jurors would not believe OWS activists testimony because they are OWS activists. [From Stan Williams who is tweeting from court]
    - Defense is happy with what they have gotten so far [From Casper OWS]
    Cecily’s case has finally gotten some major mainstream media coverage. The New York Times published a fair story that described Cecily as “a labor organizer, was a nanny and a graduate student at the New School when she was arrested. She has said she went to Zuccotti Park that night to meet a friend, not to join the protest.” Regarding the incident the NY Times linked to an article about the aggressive police behavior on the night. They describe how Cecily says she was grabbed and explained how most occupy arrests have been dismissed or resolved with seriously reduced charges:
    “The majority of the 2,644 protesters arrested never faced serious charges. The district attorney declined to prosecute or dismissed 679 of the cases. An additional 1,355 cases were placed in the category “adjourned contemplating dismissal,” which means those people will not have police records.”
    View attachment Cecily-McMillan-pink-hand-protest1-e1397138959221. The Times also reported that the prosecutor’s plea offer required Cecily to plead guilty to felony assault, but offered a probationary sentence. Cecily refused to plead guilty to something she did not do as she never had any intent to assault Bovell, but merely reacted to his aggressive sexual assault. The Times quotes Marty Stolar, Cecily’s lawyer saying “Some cases you just don’t prosecute, but they made their decision.”
    As can be seen on twitter #Justice4Cecily, there is a lot of support for Cecily in the community. The New York Times misunderstood this solidarity as Cecily’s supporters trying to create a ‘cause celebre,’ when all people are doing is showing that they stand with Cecily and want justice for her. The courtroom has had dozens of her supporters attending each hearing. The judge prohibited her supporters from wearing a cut out of a hand on their breast, signifying the sexual assault.
    If you are in New York, please attend the hearing to show support. Regarding next steps, Justice for Cecily reports:
    “She will be back in on Friday, April 11th to finish jury selection and begin opening arguments, so plan on coming then! It will be a very powerful statement if once the jury is chosen and go to sit in their section of the courtroom, the first thing they see is a courtroom filled with people there to say that Cecily is innocent.
    “Thanks to all who have come out to support her in the past few days, it really means a lot.”
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  16. Andy Downs Member

    If you are in NYC go to 100 Centre Street to the courtroom starting at 9am EST each day.
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    Hopefully her breast gets early parole for good behavior. That poor woman is going to look a totally lopsided until then.
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  23. Andy Downs Member

    Officer Bovell testified Friday that Cecily had faked her seizure and that he was the real victim NYPD VIctim.JPG
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  24. GilRenard Member

    This case is being covered thoroughly on twitter
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  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Guilty: Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan Now Faces up to 7 Years in Prison

    With Monday's verdict, McMillan became one of the first Occupy activists to face serious jail time.

    Cecily McMillan's guilty verdict reveals our mass acceptance of police violence

    The hyper-selective retelling of events mirrors the popular narrative of Occupy Wall Street – and how one woman may serve seven years while the NYPD goes free.
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  26. The Internet Member

    This situation is hard to understand. How could a jury of 12 people basically like me find this young woman guilty, if given the same information that we are given through news reports?

    Maybe the jury got other infos we did not get. If so, then there might be something wrong with the news reporters.

    Maybe the jury was not a good representation of the general public, who are mostly good people who can balance mercy and justice.
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  27. Andy Downs Member

    Jury panels are basically made up of people who could not get out of jury duty....that does not mean you have a high quality juror

    My mom said there were several jury members in my dad's hijacking case against the surviving hijacker Bobby Wayne Wallace who literally slept during the trial.
    In that case my dad's hijacker was acquitted.

    That is one possible factor...the other is what evidence was allowed or not.
    The officer who attacked Cecily had been in trouble with the NYPD, as I understand that evidence was never admitted.

    There is no justice in the justice system
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  28. The Internet Member

    I think the justice system is better than the alternative, which I guess is warlord justice and ridiculous murder rates. And I think in some ways the legal system is more fair now than 50 years ago. But yeah, a lot of times we get resolution without fairness. And we still haven’t figured out how to make it so poor people aren’t ruined just by being wrongly accused of something.

    I will try to make an effort to serve next time I get called for jury duty. My wife took off work to go when she was called but they didn’t pick her.

    One thing I wonder about: the seizure. Usually somebody calls an ambulance and takes you to the hospital for that, because it is serious if a person does not have epilepsy.
  29. Andy Downs Member

    That is a fair point about the seizure, but head trauma can spur that as well.
    I have been called twice for jury duty. The government disqualifies me each time no matter what the type of case.
    They generally excuse me as soon as they hear about my family history

    Now that goes to gamesmanship more than the law. I had every intention of being fair, but they were not going to take a chance on me
  30. The Internet Member

    I am not a doctor, but anyone who gets hit on the head and then has a seizure around me, I am calling 911 first thing. They might bleed inside their skull and die.

    Just one of those details that raises questions for me about what happened. Sometimes these details are a clue that I’m not getting the full story. Or someone is putting details in that do not add up because they want to confuse what actually happened.
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  31. amaX Member

    I cannot believe they found her guilty. This is madness.
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  32. The Internet Member

    It definitely is weird.
  33. tinfoilhatter Member

    there is always the appeal.
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  34. Andy Downs Member

    The judge ordered her held in jail and would not allow her to remain on bail pending appeal or sentencing
  35. HellRazor Member

    They interviewed her lawyer on CBC radio (As It Happens, afternoon show) on May 6, 2014.
  36. Rockyj Member

    F the Judge, Manhattan DA & JURY for pacifying the 1% & Wall Street & helping to create NYPD's Police State against anyone peacefully protesting against OUR oligarchy government! PLEASE NOTE: WE'RE NO LONGER A DEMOCRACY!

    Meanwhile, Cliven Bundy's ARMED Separatists (which are NOT an Militia) who are against feds for trying 2 COLLECT fines from an OLD Millionaire Mormon RACIST A-HOLE whose been LIVING off the government for years,TO GET AWAY with aiming their guns @ Federal Officials & local police, threatening local citizens & journalists & basically taking over a small Nevada town that wants them to get the fuck out of Dodge!

    MUST NOT FORGET PTID: Post Traumatic Inconvenience Disorder:

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  37. amaX Member

    Damn. They let complete scumbags out on bail pending sentencing and appeal. This reeks.
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  38. The Wrong Guy Member

    Jurors Beg Judge Not To Send OWS Protester To Prison | Gothamist

    Jurors Say OWS Activist Cecily McMillan Should Serve No Prison Time | Democracy Now!

    Jurors Who Convicted Occupy Protester Cecily McMillan for Assault Ask Judge for No Jail Time | Newsweek

    Pussy Riot Visits NYC Jail to Support Occupy Wall Street Hero | Mashable
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  40. Anonymous Member

    Nice photo from VICE:

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