OWS protester could be sentenced to 7 years in prison

OWS protester could be sentenced to 7 years in prison

Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan, who was convicted May 5 of second-degree assault against a New York City Police officer, could face a sentence of seven years in prison Monday.

McMillian claimed that NYPD Officer Grantley Bovell grabbed her right breast from behind while being led out of Zuccotti Park on March 17, 2012. As a reflexive reaction, the 25-year-old elbowed the officer in the eye, according to Al Jazeera America.

Martin Stolar, one of McMillan’s attorney in her legal team, said that they will appeal her conviction.

“As soon as the sentence is imposed, we plan to appeal,” Stolar said. “The appellate process takes some time, but that’s certainly something we plan to pursue. There are number of questions, a number of legal errors that we think the judge made.”

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McMillan’s legal team has cited police brutality and maintains that she is the victim in the situation.

During the four-week trial, her attorneys showed photographs of McMillan’s bruised right breast as well as a video of her convulsing on the pavement while handcuffed.

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