Common Dreams described what happened yesterday.
I noticed in the Common Dreams article lawyers defending themselves. In the Cecily clip she did not remember, maybe she lost it. But if she didn’t then how did she lose the case? Juries don’t like police brutality. Even if she lost it she didn’t deserve the beating.
In The Guardian article below some things are made clear. In the Democracy Now tape it shows a handmark on her breast. Instinctive and sensible reaction to sexual assault – an elbow in the face. This was considered felony assault because it was a policeman. I don’t know but I don’t expect the policeman was feeling her up but what he did was wrong. 50-50 – case dismissed. But I notice now that the policeman had history, he was one of the thugs brought in to rough up the protesters. He probably felt her up to get a reaction so she could be arrested. Is this Blue Bloods?
“When the police moved in to the park that night, in formation and with batons, to arrest a massive number of nonviolent protesters, the chaos was terrifying. Bovell claimed that McMillan elbowed him in the face as he attempted to arrest her, and McMillan and her defense team claim that Bovell grabbed her right breast from behind, causing her to instinctively react.”
Here is the legal duplicity:-
“But the jury didn’t hear anything about the police violence that took place in Zuccotti Park that night. They didn’t hear about what happened there on November 15, 2011, when the park was first cleared. The violence experienced by Occupy protesters throughout its entirety was excluded from the courtroom. The narrative that the jury did hear was tightly controlled by what the judge allowed – and Judge Ronald Zweibel consistently ruled that any larger context of what was happening around McMillan at the time of the arrest (let alone Bovell’s own history of violence) was irrelevant to the scope of the trial.”
Complete stitch-up, sack the judge.