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Jurors Beg Judge Not To Imprison Cecily McMillan (Zuccotti) #Justice4Cecily

Posted 6 months ago on May 8, 2014, 3:14 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Justice4Cecily

BREAKING #Justice4Cecily NEWS:

Nine members of the jury that convicted Occupy Wall Street protester of felony assault of an officer have signed a letter asking that the judge not sentence her to any prison time

"We the jury petition the court for leniency in the sentencing of Cecily McMillan," the letter reads. "We feel that the felony mark on Cecily's record is punishment enough for this case and that it serves no purpose to Cecily or to society to incarcerate her for any amount of time."

One member of the jury told the Guardian a day after the verdict that they weren't aware that McMillan was facing up to seven years in prison for their verdict: “Most just wanted her to do probation, maybe some community service. But now what I’m hearing is seven years in jail? That’s ludicrous. Even a year in jail is ridiculous.”

In the trial that lasted nearly four weeks, McMillan claimed that her arresting officer, Grantley Bovell, violently grabbed her breast, which caused her to rear back and strike him with her elbow. Officer Bovell testified that it was intentional. Photographs show a deep bruise on McMillan's right breast.

via Gothamist

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#Justice4Cecily Responds to @TheDailyShow Coverage

Posted 6 months ago on May 7, 2014, 4:59 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Daily Show, Police Brutality, Cecily McMillan

Dear Jon Stewart,

The #Justice4Cecily team appreciates the attention you showed to Cecily McMillan’s case last night on The Daily Show, and we agree with your message of Justice for Some that resounds throughout the show. It has become more than abundantly clear since the financial crisis that there are two sets of laws in this country: one for Wall Street and the 1%, and another one for Occupy Wall Street and the 99%.

Unfortunately, your scoreboard of the number of arrests for both of these groups – “Wall Street: 1 - OWS: 1”, however in jest you presented it – gives the impression that somehow justice has been served for Cecily and for the millions of Occupy activists and supporters across the country and around the world. And with this we must respectfully disagree.

For Cecily, justice has most definitely not been served. Cecily was violently, and sexually, assaulted in Zuccotti Park on the 6th month anniversary of OWS in March, 2012. She sustained bruises on her right breast, ribs, arms, legs and back, underwent a seizure, had to be hospitalized, and still suffers from PTSD originating from the incident. The more than two-year delay in her criminal case has put her bright academic and political career on complete standstill.

Furthermore, the jury trial that convicted Cecily was rife with juridical missteps: suppression of key evidence, gag orders on Cecily’s attorney, and clear bias on the part of Judge Zweibel, who is well known as ‘a prosecutor in robes.’ Even the jury that convicted Cecily regretted their decision upon learning post-trial of the potential sentencing length. One juror told the Guardian:

“They felt bad. Most just wanted her to do probation, maybe some community service. But now what I’m hearing is seven years in jail? That’s ludicrous. Even a year in jail is ridiculous.”

Just as important is the lack of justice for the almost 8,000 Occupy activists who have been arrested in the last three years for peacefully protesting wealth inequality and corporate corruption of our democracy, and for the millions of people who have fallen into the 700% prison population increase of the United States since the 1970s. Cecily has been privileged to have good counsel and a support network of people to make her case for innocence, but countless others haven’t been so fortunate.

You have an important opportunity, Mr. Stewart, with this case to make a powerful statement about the need for reform of our justice system in order to serve all people fairly and blindly. Rather than leave your audience with an ambiguous answer to the question of Justice for Some? We kindly ask that you correct the record on your next show or invite a member of our team to appear and correct it ourselves.

Thank you, again, for standing up for the 99% and for justice for all.

In solidarity, The #Justice4Cecily Team

PS – We are demanding a pardon for Cecily. Please consider signing both our petitions that have started to catch fire, Change.org and Whitehouse.gov.

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Send a Letter to Cecily #Justice4Cecily

Posted 6 months ago on May 6, 2014, 4:13 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: police brutality, Justice4Cecily

Cecily McMillan was unjustly found guilty of 2nd degree assault charge, and will be in confinement until her May 19th sentencing. Cecily's current address is below, send her a letter of solidarity today!

Cecily McMillan

Book & Case Number 3101400431

Rose M. Singer Center

19-19 Hazen Street

East Elmhurst, New York 11370

Sign this petition to demand her to be pardoned.

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Jury Regrets Convicting Cecily McMillan (Zuccotti) Of Felony Assault Of An Officer

Posted 6 months ago on May 6, 2014, 1:58 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Justice4Cecily

Occupy trial juror describes shock at activist's potential prison sentence

A member of the jury that convicted Occupy protester Cecily McMillan of felony assault against an officer yesterday now tells the Guardian he or she regrets their verdict. “I’m very remorseful about it,” the unidentified juror said. “Most just wanted her to do probation, maybe some community service. But now what I’m hearing is seven years in jail? That’s ludicrous. Even a year in jail is ridiculous.”

READ MORE AT GOTHAMIST.

Take a moment to sign this petition for her pardon and release.

Cecil McMillan's supporters accused Judge Ronald Zweibel of repeatedly siding with prosecutors and showing hostility to the defence team and their supporters. Zweibel barred Stolar from citing past claims of violent conduct by Bovell. When supporters entered court wearing paper hearts on their chests in an attempted show of solidarity, the judge furiously sent out the jury and ordered a police officer to confiscate the hearts. When a handful chuckled from the gallery at McMillan’s bashful recounting of her university days in Wisconsin, Zweibel ordered them to shut up.

After expressing vague anger during a courtroom sidebar about a Guardian report last month that his court was struggling to find jurors who were not biased against to Occupy, Zweibel went on to impose a total gag order on Stolar and Rebecca Heinegg, McMillan’s second attorney, because of a seemingly innocuous remark Stolar made to the New York Times. McMillan’s supporters described this as a violation of their first amendment rights.

READ MORE AT GUARDIAN

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"We now serve a people’s warrant for arrest on Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden!"—People's Justice in ABQ

Posted 6 months ago on May 6, 2014, 11:46 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: APQ, PeoplesJustice

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Angry protesters took over an Albuquerque City Council meeting Monday night, calling for immediate change at APD, the ousting of both Albuquerque’s Police Chief and Mayor and more.

The meeting got out of control quickly about an hour after it started. Things got so chaotic and unruly that Chief Gorden Eden left and city councilors canceled the meeting.


Backgrounder: DOJ Investigation Confirms: Albuquerque Police 'Executing' Citizens


The scene was unlike anything many people have seen in recent memory inside the council chambers. One person even tried to serve APD Chief Gorden Eden with a warrant for his arrest.

“This is no longer your meeting, this is the people’s meeting. This is democracy in action!” said protester David Correia to the city council.

“We have no control of this meeting! So if this is your meeting, go ahead,” said Albuquerque City Council President Ken Sanchez.

The meeting started like any other, but quickly deteriorated just after 6 p.m. during public comment. That’s when protesters took complete control, pushing many councilors to abandon their seats and leaving citizens to sit in their seats.


On May 19, Justice Is In Your Hands! #Justice4Cecily.


Through several chants and “motions” of government, protesters made it clear they were upset with APD and city council “inaction,” demanding immediate change.

Protesters chanted phrases including “fire the damn Chief,” and “fire Mayor Berry.”

The outburst started when protester David Corriea, an assistant professor at UNM, took the podium during public comment. Corriea immediately directed his words towards Chief Gorden Eden.

“We now serve a people’s warrant for arrest on Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden! He is charged with accessory!” shouted Corriea as the group tossed arrest warrants in the air.

One woman even tried to hand Eden a warrant for his arrest. However, Eden got up and left without acknowledging the woman.

“We’re not leaving this podium, I am not leaving this podium!” Corriea continued to shout at Eden as he left the room.

Protesters kept their promise, not leaving the podium, and taking over when councilors tried to a take a break.

“We will be back in five minutes!” announced Councilor Sanchez.

Councilors took that break for about ten minutes, but protesters kept going.

“Quit sitting on your hands!” shouted one woman with a bullhorn.

Some councilors eventually returned to the chambers and Council President Ken Sanchez tried to defuse the situation.

“I would prefer to give people an opportunity to speak, we are here to listen to your concerns. Please respect the chambers,” said Sanchez.

But the plea was useless as Sanchez was nearly drowned out by protesters shouting.

“We have no control of this meeting, this meeting is official adjourned,” said Sanchez.

Councilors left, clearly upset, unable to get anything done to fix the troubled police department.

“They’ve got some serious problems that need to be addressed, but we can’t address them by not conducting city business,” said Sanchez.

It took protesters about a half-hour to clear out of city council chambers after the meeting was called off. No one was arrested. Councilors were supposed to talk about proposals to take away the mayor’s power to hire a police chief. They’re now hoping to do that in a special meeting on Thursday.

City Council Press Release – Meeting Adjournment» Chief Gorden Eden sent out a statement Monday night:

“We understand there are those in our community who have expressed concerns about APD issues related to the Department of Justice report. We are working hard to make proactive improvements now and in conjunction with DOJ recommendations. While we welcome constructive discussions, we do not believe disruption of tonight’s city council meeting was a productive way to meet those goals.” –Chief Gorden Eden

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