NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One of the few people arrested in the Occupy Wall Street protests to go on trial was found guilty Monday of assaulting a police officer.
As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, Cecily McMillan told the jury she had been out drinking green beer for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2012, and she doesn’t remember much of what happened that day.
But the 25-year-old claimed she went to Zuccotti Park to meet a friend, not to join the protest.
At some point, she got into an encounter with a police officer. A video shows her throwing an elbow in his eye. McMillan said she felt somebody trying to grab her breast from behind, and she reacted instinctively. The prosecutor called her story so unbelievable “that she might as well have said that aliens came down that night and assaulted her.”
The judge ordered McMillan held in jail until she’s sentenced. She faces up to seven years behind bars.
The courtroom was packed with supporters, who shouted “shame” as the verdict was read.
Occupy Wall Street demonstrators later began gathering at Zuccotti Park to protest the verdict. They posted photos and messages on Twitter.
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