Cecily McMillan: A Cascade of Injustices

05/14/2014 Justice4cecily

City Hall, New York, May 12.

At the noon rally, Laurie Combo, council member for the 35th District, puts the Cecily McMillan case in the context of women's issues being protested that day, including sexual assaults on campus and the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian boarding school girls in Chibok by the Boca Haran. Another speaker at the rally, Todd Gitlin, professor of sociology at the Columbia University School of Journalism, enumerates "a cascade of injustices" of which Cecily McMillan has been the recipient. Council members and activists are demanding leniency for McMillan who elbowed a police officer when he grabbed her breasts as she was leaving Zuccotti Park on March 17 2012. On second thoughts, 9 of the 12 members of the jury who had convicted McMillan of felony assault for what essentially seems to have been a reflexive action to highly improper conduct by a NYPD officer--and that's an understatement--wrote a letter to Judge Ronald Zweiber urging for leniency and that she be sentenced to probation and community service. Some activists are requesting that she be sentenced only to time served. As the judgment stands, McMillan faces 2 to 7 years in jail. She is currently being held on Rikers' Island without bail. The rally was organized by Occupy Wall Street and justice4cecily. --Liza Béar

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