If you want to assault anyone, take your punishment and quit spending thousands of OUR dollars on tying up courts with this BS.
NEW YORK — An Occupy Wall Street activist charged with assaulting a police officer went on trial Friday, with her lawyers saying she was wrongly accused in one of few still-lingering criminal cases that sprang from the protest movement.
Cecily McMillan is charged with deliberately elbowing an officer in the eye as police cleared people out of the movement’s home base, Zuccotti Park, at Occupy’s six-month observance in March 2012. But her defense says Mc-Millan was startled and knocked the officer accidentally after he grabbed her left breast from behind, leaving her bruised.
The 25-year-old graduate student’s felony trial has become a rallying point for activists, and dozens came to a Manhattan court to watch Friday’s opening statements. While more than 2,600 cases ensued from the protests over economic inequality, most involved misdemeanor or violation charges. The city had evicted Occupy’s Zuccotti Park encampment four months earlier, but activists gathered there to celebrate the six-month mark. Around 11:30 p.m., officers told people to leave so the park could be cleaned, adding that they could return afterward, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Shanda Strain said. “Cecily McMillan thought she could get away with assaulting a police officer by shielding herself in the name of protest,” Strain said.
But McMillan’s defense says she left the park promptly when told to go and then was suddenly gripped from behind, unaware it was an officer touching her.