Occupy Wall Street Protester Convicted of Assaulting Cop

Cecily McMillan arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in April 2014.
Cecily McMillan arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in April 2014. –ANDREW GOMBERT/EPA

A Manhattan jury on Monday found Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan guilty of assaulting a police officer in 2012. McMillan was ordered held until sentencing on May 19, according to The New York Times.

A jury of eight women and four men found that the protester, Cecily McMillan, 25, was still responsible for assaulting the officer, rejecting her contention that she had reacted instinctively when he grabbed her breast during a protest on St. Patrick's Day. Ms. McMillan had said she could not distinctly recall what happened amid the chaos of the night.

Assistant District Attorney Erin Choi told the jury McMillan lied about being groped in an effort to gain notoriety through the case.

From the Times:

[Choi] showed stills from the onlooker's video, and called Ms. McMillan a manipulator "constantly scheming" to gain attention.

"She wanted to pull the wool over your eyes," Ms. Choi said. "That's how she benefited from this nonsense. She wanted to become the face of Occupy Wall Street."

McMillan supporter jeered and chanted “Shame!’’ after the verdict was read outside of the courthouse, according to the Times.

Gothamist, meanwhile, said McMillan support group Justice for Cecily said McMillan will appeal.

In a statement, the group Justice For Cecily writes, "We are devastated by the Jury's verdict today. It has been clear from day one that Cecily has not received a fair and open trial." The group also vows to appeal: "Cecily's lawyers are optimistic, given the circumstances of the case and the gross bias demonstrated throughout, that we can win on appeal."

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