Activist Beaten Unconsciousness By Police Faces 7 Years For Elbowing Cop

Over one weekend in March 2012, police arrested more than 70 Occupy Wall Street activists in a violent altercation in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. Among those arrested was then 23-year-old graduate student Cecily McMillan, who suffered a seizure while allegedly being beaten unconscious by police. On Monday, McMillan will go to court to face up to seven years in prison over felony charges that she assaulted a police officer with her elbow. McMillan and her lawyer say the violence began with an officer grabbing her breast from behind, making her swing her elbow back to hit the person groping her. Soon after her arrest, McMillan showed hand-shaped bruises on her chest and arms in an interview with Democracy Now.

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