Posted: 06/05/2014 by zandtao in Struggle

Cecily McMillan

Peaceful protest.

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.


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  1. zandtao says:

    Juror claims ignorance of consequences. It sounds the same as the Zimmerman case in Florida where the jurors claimed ignorance. If the law has become so blinkered then it is time for jurors to vote with their hearts – ignore the law the rich do.


  2. zandtao says:

    3 months in prison, 5 years probation and community service – disgrace


  3. zandtao says:

    Released after 58 days. Listen to this interview on HuffPost Live. The court only allowed one side , this is hers. Maybe you think she is biased but the courts are not supposed to be?

  4. zandtao says:

    This is my only reference to Blue Bloods, It must have been an old blog – before wordpress, that I said how I like Blue Bloods because it asked questions.

    I am not against police policing, I am against police supporting the 1% – their primary duty.

    Many of the storylines support the police but deal with the police sympathetically, I can live with that. I can live with the fact that they ignored Occupy. But today 6 black guys wrongfully imprisoned for 9 years were released. This parallels real life where there were a group of guys who were hounded by Trump. This storyline attacked the payment these guys got, and the payment was used to assassinate people who put them away.

    they take the issue of wrongful black imprisonment and turn it on the black people themselves. This is too far for my compromise, Sad really there was a nice storyline in today;s episode but NO MORE.

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